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or 'neath

[neeth, neeth] /niθ, nið/
preposition, Chiefly Literary.
Origin of neath
1780-90; aphetic variant of beneath Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now an ill deed, like milk, doth not change into curds,But it burneth the fool—a live coal 'neath the ashes.72.

    The Buddha's Path of Virtue Frank Lee Woodward
  • May be beatin' Heaven's music 'neath that faded coat and vest.

  • When they were 'neath the kirk,' he issued from the wood and menaced their further progress.

    King Robert the Bruce A. F. Murison
  • They cannot move their dead cats while smarting 'neath the cruel English yoke.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Yet ne'er 'neath thee my seat shall beFor ever and for ever.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
  • Of the grip of that Grendel 'neath the great roof upbuilded.

  • His heroism, to which nought replied,Is here all unavailing; His courage, 'neath its heavy armour failing.

    Poems of Emile Verhaeren Emile Verhaeren
  • T were well to crush them neath the iron hand of fear, ere they find out this.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • But we were in unusually good spirits, cracking jokes 'neath the bright silver moon.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • The Vale of neath would be accounted a wonder if it were in Middlesex.

British Dictionary definitions for neath


(archaic) short for beneath
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for neath

1787, poetic shortening of beneath (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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