Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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NETHER, n. Also naither, neddar (Sc. 1880 Jam.), -er, -ir. The adder, Vipera berus (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Cai. 1907 County of Cai. (Horne) 399, Cai. 1964); fig. an ill-natured or irritable person (Uls. 1924 Northern Whig (21 Jan.)). See also Ether, n.2 For comb. nether's neb, see Neb, n., 1., Combs. (7). [′nɛðər, ′nɛd-] Knr. 1895 H. Haliburton Dunbar 60:
The day — it's stinging like a nether.
Ags. 1920 A. Gray Songs 17:
I saw your hert, wi' channerin' neddars there.
Cai. 1952 Edb. John o' Groats Lit. Soc.:
What if we lifted a peat with a “hairy brotag” on't, or worse still — a “nether”?

[O.Sc. neddyr, id., c.1450, O.E. nœdre.]

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