neth·​er | \ ˈne-t͟hər How to pronounce nether (audio) \

Definition of nether

1 : situated down or below : lower Snakes nested in the nether reaches of the cave.
2 : situated or believed to be situated beneath the earth's surface captured her and carried her off to the nether world to be his wife— S. V. McCasland

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nether


inferior, lower


higher, superior, upper

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Examples of nether in a Sentence

skied the nether slope of the mountain

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As befits a story about seafaring and the dank nether reaches of the mind, nautical images slosh throughout. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Dark Water’ Review: Unfathomable Depths," 28 Dec. 2018 Where to stream it: Amazon (with Starz) The Interview (2014) In late 2014, the biggest threat to America may have been a German Shepherd eating a piece of salami from Seth Rogen's nether regions. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "10 Scathing Political Satires to Stream This Independence Day," 3 July 2018 Jansen mentioned a photograph in which Puig was naked save for a cap on his head and a vendor’s tray packed with peanuts covering his nether regions. Dylan Hernandez,, "The naked truth of the matter is, a maturing Puig has grown on Dodgers," 26 June 2018 The nine-piece collection features core staples like a cleanser, facial wipes, and two moisturizers, as well as some niche products like a pH-friendly bar soap safe to use on your nether regions. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "I Tried Knours, the Skin-Care Brand That Customizes a Routine Based on Your Menstrual Cycle," 1 June 2018 Slaughter drew a 3-1 count, took an outside slider for a full count and then fouled a ball into the dirt and that ricocheted back up into his nether regions. Brody Miller,, "LSU vs. South Carolina, SEC baseball tournament: how to watch, live stream," 24 May 2018 The most important thing is not to put pressure on yourself—because that will only take the wind out of your nether sails even more. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: Losing an erection during oral sex," 10 July 2017 Across America, industry has transformed mother earth’s nether parts into a gigantic toxic waste storage locker. Justin Nobel, Longreads, "A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio," 30 Jan. 2018 That was until last week, when Smith became the focus of an Interior Department investigation for allegedly grabbing his nether regions and pretending to urinate on the walls of the same hallways where Zinke is presumed to be pissing on diversity. Glenn Nelson, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: Of Course Zinke Doesn't Care About Diversity," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nether

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nether

Middle English, from Old English nithera, from nither down; akin to Old High German nidar down, Sanskrit ni

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The first known use of nether was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nether

literary or humorous : located toward the bottom or more distant part of something

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