wither-

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old English wiþer (again, against, adverb in compounds), from Proto-Germanic *wiþra (against, toward), from Proto-Indo-European *wī-tero- (further apart), *wī- (separate, alone). Cognate with Low German wedder (against), Dutch weer (again, back), German wider (against, contrary to), wieder (again). More at with.

PrefixEdit

wither-

  1. (now chiefly UK dialectal, Scotland) Prefix meaning: "against", "in opposition to"; "in return"; "counter-"; "contrary (to)"; "in the opposite direction (of or to)"; "backwards".

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