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[neth -er] /ˈnɛð ər/
lying or believed to lie beneath the earth's surface; infernal:
the nether regions.
lower or under:
his nether lip.
Origin of nether
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 Unabridged
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  • 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


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

Old English niþera, neoþera "down, downwards, below, beneath," from Proto-Germanic *nitheraz (cf. Old Saxon nithar, Old Norse niðr, Old Frisian nither, Dutch neder, German nieder), from comparative of PIE *ni- "down, below" (cf. Sanskrit ni "down," nitaram "downward," Greek neiothen "from below," Old Church Slavonic nizu "low, down"). Has been replaced in most senses by lower (adj.).

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