Not to be Confused WithThe Best of Bill withers: Lean on Me.
I shall be at home to nobody, withers, this afternoon, even if the Prince of Wales came and sat on my doorstep again.
The story, often copied from withers, that Neely was killed by a wolf, is erroneous.
If you pluck it it withers before you can get it home to put in water and its jewels shrivel to nothing on the way.
And Tresler felt himself sliding, saddle and all, over her withers!
But seeing Mr. withers coming towards him, as if to speak, he turned back to meet him.
Francesco bared his head, and bent to the withers of his horse in courteous greeting.
Her neck rose from the withers to the head in perfect curvature, hard, devoid of fat, and well cut up under the chops.
How does the height at the withers compare with the height at the croup?
withers took up the task of getting supper where Joe had been made to leave it.
1570s, probably from a dialectal survival of Old English wiðer "against, contrary, opposite" (see with) + plural suffix. Possibly so called because the withers are the parts of the animal that oppose the load. Cf. German Widerrist "withers," from wider "against" + Rist "wrist."
1530s, alteration of Middle English wydderen "dry up, shrivel" (c.1300), apparently a differentiated and special use of wederen "to expose to weather" (see weather). Cf. German verwittern "to become weather-beaten," from Witter "weather."