neth·​er ˈne-t͟hər How to pronounce nether (audio)
: situated down or below : lower
Snakes nested in the nether reaches of the cave.
: situated or believed to be situated beneath the earth's surface
captured her and carried her off to the nether world to be his wifeS. V. McCasland

Examples of nether in a Sentence

skied the nether slope of the mountain
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Nether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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