American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a contrary or counterclockwise direction: "The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins” ( Anthony Bailey).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See withershins.
- From Middle Low German weddersins, weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider- ("wither-") + genitive of sin ("direction, way"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes : wider, back (from Old High German widar; see wi- in Indo-European roots) + sinnes, in the direction of (from sin, direction, from Old High German; see sent- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We move naturally in a circle around the grave, going to the left, facing outward—what we call widdershins.”
“Move clockwise, called deosil, to charge up with energy, and move counterclockwise, called widdershins, to banish energy!”
“More interestingly, the old (especially Scottish) word widdershins or withershins, etymologically suggesting ` a contrary direction, 'similarly refers to a movement against the apparent course of the sun and therefore considered unlucky or unnatural.”
“I can't remember the last time I heard the word "widdershins" outside of a fairy tale, but reading it had a big impact on how I read the novel and read the characters.”
“Plus, you know, it's just fun to say "widdershins" over and over.”
“As the dancers faced outwards, this would mean that they moved 'widdershins', i.e. against the sun.”
“House, that is walking "widdershins" or "against the sun" ( "with the sun" being like the movement of a watch).”
“To cast a successful love spell, he says, one must circle such trees "widdershins”
“The stingy butter fell a bit over the shelf and I stayed just widdershins to the beam and flipped my nossly nossler, not before a couple turns of the head, mind you.”
“Sometimes he walked clockwise into Bayswater, down to the Bayswater Road and home again, sometimes widdershins, in a loop up to Campden Hill and back to the high street.”
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