from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Variant of widdershins.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Anti-clockwise, in the contrary direction, especially to the left or opposite to the direction of the sun.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the opposite direction; hence, in the wrong way.
From wither- + shins, sins, alteration of withersuns ("contrary to the sun's course", literally "against the sun's"), modelled after Middle Low German, weddersins, weddersinnes ("in the opposite direction"), from Middle High German widdersinnes ("in the opposite direction", literally "contrary to reason"), from wider ("opposite") + sinnes (genitive of sin ("course")). Compare also Old English wiþersīenes ("backwards, withershins"), Icelandic viðer ("against"), Danish and Swedish veder. More at wither, sense. (Wiktionary)