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wam·ble

   
[wom-buhl, -uhl, wam-]

-verb, -bled, -bling (used without object)
1. to move unsteadily.
2. to feel nausea.
3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl.

–noun
4. an unsteady or rolling movement.
5. a feeling of nausea.
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wid·der·shins

(also: with·er·shins, chiefly in Scotland. Dictionary.com and Wikipedia both say the term is chiefly Scottish)
[wid-er-shinz]

-adverb

In a contrary or counterclockwise direction. Dictionary.com adds: considered as unlucky or causing disaster.

from thefreedictionary.com: "The coracle whirled round, clockwise, then widdershins" (Anthony Bailey).

from Wikipedia: widdersyns start my hair, i.e. my hair stood on end. (cites the OED, which cites this usage in 1513)

according to thefreedictionary: [Middle Low German weddersinnes, from Middle High German widersinnes : wider, back (from Old High German widar; see wi- in Indo-European roots) + sinnes, in the direction of (from sin, direction, from Old High German; see sent- in Indo-European roots).]

according to Wikipedia: It is cognate with the German language widersinnig, i.e., "against" + "sense".

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