Lither
Lither Li"ther (l[imac]"[th][~e]r), a. [AS. l[=y][eth]er bad, wicked.] Bad; wicked; false; worthless; slothful. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Not lither in business, fervent in spirit. --Bp. Woolton. [1913 Webster]

Note: Professor Skeat thinks `` the lither sky'' as found in Shakespeare's Henry VI. ((Part I. IV. VII., 21) means the stagnant or pestilential sky. -- {Li"ther*ly}, adv. [Obs.]. -- {Li"ther*ness}, n. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


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  • lither — ˈlithə(r) adjective Etymology: Middle English, bad, wicked, wretched, lazy, from Old English lȳthre bad, wicked, wretched; akin to Old English loddere beggar, Middle Low German lüder dissolute person …   Useful english dictionary

  • lither — v. n. == do harm. Ps. civ. 15. See luther == act wickedly. Ps. xxxvi. 9 …   Oldest English Words

  • lither — laɪð adj. flexible, limber …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lither — lith·er …   English syllables

  • lither —  lazy, idle, slothful. N …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • Litherly — Lither Li ther (l[imac] [th][ e]r), a. [AS. l[=y][eth]er bad, wicked.] Bad; wicked; false; worthless; slothful. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Not lither in business, fervent in spirit. Bp. Woolton. [1913 Webster] Note: Professor Skeat thinks the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Litherness — Lither Li ther (l[imac] [th][ e]r), a. [AS. l[=y][eth]er bad, wicked.] Bad; wicked; false; worthless; slothful. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Not lither in business, fervent in spirit. Bp. Woolton. [1913 Webster] Note: Professor Skeat thinks the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leather Lane —    North out of Holborn at No.128 (P.O. Directory). The extreme south western corner only is in Farringdon Ward Without, the street lying in the borough of Holborn.    First mention: Lither lane (S. 374).    Earlier and later forms, etc.:… …   Dictionary of London

  • litherness — noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English lithernesse wickedness, laziness, from lither + nesse ness now dialect England : the quality or state of being lither : laziness …   Useful english dictionary

  • blither — lither v. same as {blather}. Syn: babble, blather, smatter, blether. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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