(also withershins)
adverb chiefly Scottish in a direction contrary to the sun's course (or anticlockwise), considered as unlucky.
C16: from Mid. Low Ger. weddersins, from Mid. High Ger. widersinnes, from wider 'against' + sin 'direction'; the second element was assoc. with Scots sin 'sun'.

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  • widdershins — 1510s, chiefly Scottish, originally contrary to the course of the sun or a clock (movement in this direction considered unlucky), probably from M.L.G. weddersinnes, lit. against the way (i.e. in the opposite direction ), from widersinnen to go… …   Etymology dictionary

  • widdershins — [wid′ər shinz΄] adv. [< MLowG weddersinnes < MHG widdersinnes < wider, against (akin to WITH) + sinnes, gen. of sin, way, direction] in a direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun …   English World dictionary

  • widdershins — adverb /ˈwɪ.də.ʃɪnz/lang=en/ˈwɪ.dɚ.ʃɪnz/lang=en Anticlockwise, counter clockwise. It is unlucky to walk widdershins around a church. Ant: clockwise, deasil …   Wiktionary

  • widdershins — /ˈwɪdəʃɪnz/ (say widuhshinz) adverb Archaic 1. in a direction contrary to the apparent course of the sun. 2. in a direction contrary to the usual: *Beside his heavy shouldered team, / thirsty with drought and chilled with rain / he weathered all… …  

  • Widdershins (disambiguation) — Widdershins comes from Middle High German wider , against, and sin , way, akin to English with and send . It may refer to: * widdershins, counterclockwise (anticlockwise) when referred to as unlucky * [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14168… …   Wikipedia

  • widdershins — also withershins adverb Etymology: Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes, from widersinnen to go against, from wider back against (from Old High German widar) + sinnen to travel, go; akin to Old High German sendan to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • widdershins — /wid euhr shinz /, adv. Chiefly Scot. withershins. * * * …   Universalium

  • widdershins — Synonyms and related words: a rebours, a reculons, against the grain, anticlockwise, arear, around, ass backwards, astern, away, back, backward, backwards, clockwise, counterclockwise, earthward, fro, head over heels, heavenward, heels over head …   Moby Thesaurus

  • widdershins — adv. anticlockwise, counterclockwise; in the direction which is opposed toto the natural course; in reverse, backwards …   English contemporary dictionary

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