See also: weþer



Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wether, wethir, wedyr, from Old English weþer (a wether, ram), from Proto-Germanic *weþruz (wether), from Proto-Indo-European *wet- (year). Cognate with Scots weddir, woddir, wadder (wether), Dutch weder, weer (wether), German Widder (wether, ram), Norwegian Bokmål vær (ram), Norwegian Nynorsk vêr (ram), Swedish vädur (wether, ram), Icelandic veður (wether, ram), Latin vitulus (calf).

Alternative formsEdit


wether (plural wethers)

  1. A castrated buck goat.
  2. A castrated ram.
Derived termsEdit
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wether (third-person singular simple present wethers, present participle wethering, simple past and past participle wethered)

  1. (transitive) To castrate a male sheep or goat.

Etymology 2Edit



  1. Archaic spelling of weather.
    • 1527, George Joye, The storie of my state after the bishop had receyued the pryours letters[2]:
      There was a great fyer in the chamber, the wether was colde, and I saw now and then a Bishop come out;
      (cited after Samuel Roffey Maitland, 1866, p. 8)