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

Example Sentences

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 6 Feb. 2023.

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