Lither

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lither Bad; wicked; false; worthless; slothful.☞ Professor Skeat thinks “ the lither sky” as found in Shakespeare's Henry VI. ((Part I. IV. VII., 21) means the stagnant or pestilential sky. "Not lither in business, fervent in spirit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lither Bad; wicked; corrupt; lazy.
    • lither Soft; supple; limber; pliant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lither līth′ėr (Shak.) soft, yielding:
    • adv Lither slowly: lazily
    • adj Lither līth′ėr (obs.) bad, lazy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. lȳðer, bad, wicked
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lýthre, bad.

Usage

In literature:

Then were these young lumps transformed to limber, lither, merry fellows.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
Kittites had need to be confident in the skill of their lither lad.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
No snake could have been lither.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
One of the men was Pagratide, transformed by anger; seemingly taller, darker, lither.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
But home then came that lither lad, And did off his hose and shoon.
"Ballads of Romance and Chivalry" by Frank Sidgwick
Leather Lane is called by Strype "Lither" Lane.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
The unpiteous, traitorous, hang-dog lither oaf!
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Cotgrave explains it by "lither, lazie, sloathful, idle; faint, slack; dull, simple," and Shakespeare uses it in a great variety of meanings.
"The Romance of Words (4th ed.)" by Ernest Weekley
The lithe and keen person seemed lither and keener at second glance.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
The birds were about the size of the hermit thrushes, but lither and suppler.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
A laughing-faced lad often maks a lither servant.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
One of them was taller, slimmer and lither in his movements.
"The Secret of Sarek" by Maurice Leblanc
But in his evening clothes he seemed even lither and more bronzed than ever.
"The Corner of Harley Street" by Henry Bashford
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In poetry:

"My ladd he is so lither," he sayd,
"He will do nought that's meete;
And aye that I cold but find the man,
Were able him to beate."
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
'Oh, it's I will guard your two lither lads,
In their burgh beside the sea,
And it's I will prove true man to them
If they will prove true to me.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
'But it's you must warn your two lither lads,
And warn them bitterly,
That if I shall find them two false Kaisers,
High hanged they both shall be.'
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley