One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A band, rope, or chain which runs across the cart-saddle on the back of a draught-horse and supports the shafts of a cart or carriage; a ridge-band, a backband. Now rare.
1Attributive Apparently: old and misshapen; twisted, gnarled.
2Obstinate, stubborn; wilful, perverse.
Early 16th century. From rig + widdie. Compare earlier rigwithy and later rigwithe, and also earlier ridgeworth.
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