American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Located beneath or below; lower or under: the nether regions of the earth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Downward; down.
- Lower; under: opposed to upper: as, the nether millstone.
- . Pertaining to the regions here below; earthly.
- Pertaining to the lower regions or hell; infernal.
- To bring low; humiliate.
- n. A variant of nedder, nadder, adder.
- adj. Lower; under.
- adj. Lying beneath, or conceived as lying beneath, the Earth’s surface.
- adv. Down; downward.
- adv. Low; low down.
- v. transitive, Northern England, Scotland To bring or thrust down; bring or make low; lower; abase; humble.
- v. transitive, Northern England, Scotland To constrict; straiten; confine; restrict; suppress; lay low; keep under; press in upon; vex; harass; oppress.
- v. transitive, Scotland To pinch or stunt with cold or hunger; check in growth; shrivel; straiten.
- v. transitive, Scotland To shrink or huddle, as with cold; be shivery; tremble.
- v. transitive, Scotland To depreciate; disparage; undervalue.
- n. Scotland Oppression; stress; a withering or stunting influence.
- n. mining A trouble; a fault or dislocation in a seam of coal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; belonging to the region below; lower; under; -- opposed to
- adj. located below or beneath something else
- adj. lower.
- adj. dwelling beneath the surface of the earth
- Alteration of earlier nither, from Middle English nitheren, from Old English niþerian (" to depress, abase, bring low, humiliate, oppress, accuse, condemn"), from Old English niþer ("below, beneath, down, downwards, lower, in an inferior position"). See above. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English neothera, from neother, down. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So, if you wouldn't mind, please supply a source for that figure, or will ASSume it came from a thin nether region!”
“Old Solomon, in his seedy clothes and long white locks, seemed to be luring that decent company by the magic scream of his fiddle -- luring discreet matrons in turban shaped caps, nay, Mrs. Crackenthorp herself, the summit of whose perpendicular feather was on a level with the Squire's shoulder -- luring fair lasses complacently conscious of very short waists and skirts blameless of front - folds -- luring burly fathers in large variegated waist-coats, and ruddy sons, for the most part shy and sheepish, in short nether garments and very long coat-tails.”
“Solomon, in his seedy clothes and long white locks, seemed to be luring that decent company by the magic scream of his fiddle -- luring discreet matrons in turban-shaped caps, nay, Mrs. Crackenthorp herself, the summit of whose perpendicular feather was on a level with the Squire's shoulder -- luring fair lasses complacently conscious of very short waists and skirts blameless of front-folds -- luring burly fathers in large variegated waistcoats, and ruddy sons, for the most part shy and sheepish, in short nether garments and very long coat-tails.”
“Are we going to end up like Japan, in other words, a nether world of "zombie banks" that are not dead but not really alive either, still unable to work their way out from under all that bad debt?”
“If you've knocked your partner up, it seems to follow that you might be curious about her 'nether' regions during and after the birth of your child.”
“JANET RENO, U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: Everyday that goes by in which Elian is not reunited with his father and this matter brought to a conclusion is -- can be disruptive and no child should be in that kind of nether-nether land for that long.”
“Neptune (the god of the Sea), and Pluto ( 'nether' or Stygian Jove).”
“In the following paragraphs, I have drawn freely from materials in Sornig's book -- but for my own purposes in this article: the book itself uses the examples to illustrate a variety of sources of slang in accordance with the author's analysis of the "nether" reaches of the language, an analysis I shall only touch on here and there.”
“(Isaiah 47: 1,2) "facing each other; both have hold of the handle by which the upper is turned round on the 'nether' millstone.”
“As a runner, you don't HAVE to wear shorts that barely cover your nether-regions – it's not a requirement.”
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