Hither Hith"er, adv. [OE. hider, AS. hider; akin to Icel. h[=e][eth]ra, Dan. hid, Sw. hit, Goth. hidr[=e]; cf. L. citra on this side, or E. here, he. [root]183. Cf. {He}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To this place; -- used with verbs signifying motion, and implying motion toward the speaker; correlate of hence and thither; as, to come or bring hither. [1913 Webster]

2. To this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; -- in a sense not physical. [1913 Webster]

Hither we refer whatsoever belongeth unto the highest perfection of man. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{Hither and thither}, to and fro; backward and forward; in various directions. ``Victory is like a traveller, and goeth hither and thither.'' --Knolles. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Hither — Hith er, a. 1. Being on the side next or toward the person speaking; nearer; correlate of thither and farther; as, on the hither side of a hill. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Applied to time: On the hither side of, younger than; of fewer years than.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hither — meaning ‘to or toward this place’, is an ancient word that existed in Old English. In current English it is restricted, except for formal or archaic uses, to a number of fixed phrases: hither and thither or hither and yon (= in various… …   Modern English usage

  • hither — O.E. hider, from P.Gmc. *hideran (Cf. O.N. heðra here, Goth. hidre hither ), from Germanic demonstrative base *hi (Cf. HE (Cf. he), HERE (Cf. here)). Spelling change from d to th is the same evolution seen in …   Etymology dictionary

  • hither — [hith′ər] adv. [ME hider < OE (akin to Goth hidre, ON hethra) < base of he (see HE1) + der, suffix as in HINDER2] to or toward this place; here adj. on or toward this side; nearer [the hither horse] …   English World dictionary

  • hither — ► ADVERB archaic or literary ▪ to or towards this place. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • hither — /hidh euhr/, adv. 1. to or toward this place: to come hither. 2. hither and thither, in various quarters; here and there: They scurried hither and thither to escape the rain. 3. hither and yon, from here to over there, esp. to a farther place; in …   Universalium

  • hither — [[t]hɪ̱ðə(r)[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV after v Hither means to the place where you are. [OLD FASHIONED] He has sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people. Syn: here 2) PHRASE: PHR after v Hither and thither means in many different directions or… …   English dictionary

  • hither — hith•er [[t]ˈhɪð ər[/t]] adv. 1) to or toward this place: to come hither[/ex] 2) being on this or the closer side; nearer: the hither side of the meadow[/ex] • hither and thither hither and yon Etymology: bef. 900; ME, OE hider, c. ON hethra, Go… …   From formal English to slang

  • hither — /ˈhɪðə / (say hidhuh) adverb 1. to or towards this place; here: to come hither. –adjective 2. on or towards this side; nearer: the hither side of the hill. 3. earlier; more remote. –phrase 4. hither and thither, this way and that; in various… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hither — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English hider, hither, from Old English hider; akin to Gothic hidre hither, Latin citra on this side more at he Date: before 12th century to this place II. adjective Date: 14th century being on the near or adjacent… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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