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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Synonyms & Antonyms for nether

Synonyms

inferior, lower

Antonyms

higher, superior, upper

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Examples of nether in a Sentence

skied the nether slope of the mountain

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Turns out, therefore, that a jaybird is naked only when some of its nether plumage is missing. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A well-turned simile can make us happy as a clam," 24 Aug. 2019 Crowbarred into the country via the coast of modern-day Slovenia, the city was even more marginalised by the northern powerhouses it quasi-neighboured than those disdained-for nether regions in the south. SI.com, "Nereo Rocco: 'El Paron', the Pioneer of Catenaccio & Forgotten Great of Italian Football," 30 July 2019 Seymour followed suit with one completely naked photo, wearing only a necklace and black belt while a camera tripod was strategically-placed to cover her nether regions. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Claudia Schiffer, 48, and Stephanie Seymour, 51, Make Modeling Return in Nude Vogue Italia Covers," 1 Aug. 2019 They were all inspired, in part, by culture-jamming, DIY programs in the nether regions of the radio dial, where radio DJs would take bong hits and talk over old films on TV. John Wenzel, The Know, "Mile High Movie Roast’s farewell marks end of era for B-movie comedy," 23 June 2019 But as the video progresses, with workers playing monkey-in-the-middle with the robot, the humanoid has apparently had enough — and kicks one worker in the nether regions before taking out the rest of the lab. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "This parody video imagines Boston Dynamics robots fighting back," 17 June 2019 With the Nerrazzuri taking things in a different direction under Antonio Conte, they are believed to be willing to sell for a fee of around £18m, and nether club are deterred by that asking price for the 19-year-old. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Everton to United, Trippier to Juve, Tokoz to Liverpool or Arsenal and More," 16 June 2019 After all, what’s more personal or political than deciding how to clothe your nether regions? Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 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

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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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nether

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nether

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

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