plural noun
with·​ers | \ ˈwi-t͟hərz How to pronounce withers (audio) \

Definition of withers

1 : the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse — see horse illustration
2 : a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped (such as a dog) other than a horse

Examples of withers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rainfall will dip south into Washington by sunrise Thursday before the atmospheric river sags into Oregon and withers. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 One worry is that China could export stagflation globally, where prices rise even as economic growth withers. Rainer Michael Preiss, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The horse sustained burns on her neck and withers, Ewing said. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021 Global development slows and inequality festers, while cooperation on energy and food security goals withers. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 9 Aug. 2021 The economic damage is already becoming apparent as tourism withers again and exporters face new logistics bottlenecks during the peak late-summer season. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 The pain of an elderly woman in Greece will not change the behavior of oil companies and oligarchs, who spend billions on rocket ships as Gaia withers and burns. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 War gets postponed, Famine withers in the dining hall, and Pestilence … well. Adam Rogers, Wired, 22 July 2021 In New Orleans, a debate over an expressway that cut through the historically Black neighborhoods of Tremé and the 7th Ward blooms and withers with some regularity. NBC news, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of withers

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for withers

probably from obsolete English wither- against, from Middle English, from Old English, from wither against; from the withers being the parts which resist the pull in drawing a load — more at with

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The first known use of withers was in 1580

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26 Nov 2021

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“Withers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withers. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for withers


noun plural
with·​ers | \ ˈwi-t͟hərz How to pronounce withers (audio) \

Kids Definition of withers

: the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse


noun plural
with·​ers | \ ˈwit͟h-ərz How to pronounce withers (audio) \

Medical Definition of withers

1 : the ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse
2 : a part corresponding to the withers in a quadruped other than a horse


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