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nether

[neth -er] /ˈnɛð ər/
adjective
1.
lying or believed to lie beneath the earth's surface; infernal:
the nether regions.
2.
lower or under:
his nether lip.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English nethere, Old English neothera, nithera, derivative of nither down (cognate with German nieder), literally, further down, equivalent to ni- down + -ther comparative suffix
Related forms
netherward, adjective
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Examples for nether
  • No, but he is subject to some fairly gross indignities: the bug must be extracted from his nether regions with forceps.
  • Some inhabit the nether world of loan sharks and bail bondsmen.
  • The last example also applies to the nether regions of the body.
  • She finally located her keys in the nether reaches of her purse and opened the door.
  • Their nether regions vent air across narrower back-to-back gaps.
  • Though given how often her legs are discreetly arranged to obscure her nether regions she's awfully bashful for a corpse.
  • He began by demonstrating the effects of low pressure on the ears and on gases trapped in the nether regions of the body.
  • Do not forget to leave your address in the nether world.
  • It's quite possible that the bulk of nether world imagery in our culture derives precisely from the penal experience.
  • We mean all those pear-shaped wide-load type people who have an unusual amount of excess baggage in the nether regions.
British Dictionary definitions for nether

nether

/ˈnɛðə/
adjective
1.
placed or situated below, beneath, or underground nether regions, a nether lip
Word Origin
Old English niothera, nithera, literally: further down, from nither down. Related to Old Irish nitaram, German nieder
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Word Origin and History for nether
nether
O.E. niþera, neoþera "down, downwards, below, beneath," from P.Gmc. *nitheraz (cf. O.S. nithar, O.N. niðr, O.Fris. nither, Du. neder, Ger. nieder), comp. of PIE *ni- "down, below" (cf. Skt. ni "down," nitaram "downward," Gk. neiothen "from below," O.C.S. nizu "low, down"). Has been replaced in most senses by lower. The Netherlands formerly included Flanders and thus were equivalent geographically and etymologically to the Low Countries.
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