nether

adjective
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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Examples of nether in a Sentence

skied the nether slope of the mountain
Recent Examples on the Web The scene ends with Maya spraying a fragrance with the tinge of Bath & Body Works’ Sweet Pea perfume at her nether regions, before crying out in pain. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Pen15 Gets Real About Vagina Shaming," 18 Sep. 2020 These squirty little doodads, which cleanse the nether regions with a gentle jet of water, are touted by many as sanitizing superheroes, with powers vastly superior to those of toilet paper. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Bottom Line About Bidets," 20 May 2020 Glover looks for clues in the litany of codpieces jutting from Renaissance paintings, leading a perceptive tour of the nether regions. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "A Brief History of the Codpiece, the Personal Protection for Renaissance Equipment," 23 May 2020 Scanning the darkness, astronomers have managed to catch a few glimmers of what might fill the nether regions far beyond Neptune. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Planet Nine might not be a planet at all," 14 May 2020 In the Philippines, a cup-sized dipper known as a tabo is still used for rinsing your nether regions. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Can’t Find Toilet Paper? Try These Alternatives," 7 May 2020 To rally thy basics from the nether regions of our kitchens—that sprouting onion, random sack of rice, can of beans, and trio of eggs—and make them into meals. The Bon Appétit Staff, Bon Appétit, "15 Staple Recipes the BA Staff Turns to When There’s Nothing in the Fridge," 21 Apr. 2020 Could a new discovery of microbes buried deep in the nether regions of our own planet be the key to finding life on other ones? Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "If We Ever Find Life on Mars, It Might Look Like These Weird Microbes," 6 Apr. 2020 The first episode begins in a doctor’s office, with Dave (Burd) giving a detailed description of his nether regions — a perfect litmus test for viewers deciding whether or not the series is for them. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Twenties’ and ‘Dave’," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Sep 2020

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“Nether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nether. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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nether

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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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