Updated: Nov 13, 2020

Pronunciation: [ with-er-shinz ]

Definition: adverb

In a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise.

Origin: 1505; German

Etymology: from Middle Low German weddersins, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider ‘against’ + sin ‘direction’; the second element was associated with Scots sin ‘sun’



  • anticlockwise

  • counterclockwise

  • left-handed

  • left-handedly

  • retrograde

  • reversely

Example: She didn't waken as her dad scooped her up in his arms, carried her down the staircase, then turned fully widdershins so that he was facing North.

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