Definition of nither in US English:

nither

verb

  • 1with object To chill or blast with cold.

  • 2no object To shiver or tremble with cold. Chiefly in pres. pple. See also nithering.

Origin

Old English (in an earlier sense). Cognate with Old Frisian -nithria, -netheria (in fornithria, fornetheria to spoil), Middle Dutch nederen, nedren, (regional) nideren (Dutch † nederen), Middle Low German nēderen, nedderen, neddergen, Old High German nidaren, nideren, niderren, etc. (Middle High German nideren, nidern, German † niederen, † niedern), Old Icelandic niðra, Norwegian (Nynorsk) nedra, Old Swedish nidhra (Swedish nedra), Danish nedre to bring down, mock from the same Germanic base as nether.

Pronunciation

nither

/ˈnɪðə/