In a direction contrary to the sun’s course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise.
More example sentences
- These are all created by either a single point of applied pressure or a combination of pressure and motion (back and forwards within track, clockwise, withershins).
- ‘Watch and learn,’ his friend replies enigmatically, before changing the clockwise finger-spin to widdershins.
- Lets face it; I was not trapped inside a rickety old church with the dog running widdershins about it so I think I am safe.
early 16th century: from Middle Low German weddersins, from Middle High German widersinnes, from wider 'against' + sin 'direction'; the second element was associated with Scots sin 'sun'.
Definition of widdershins in:
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