Hither and thither
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]


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  • hither and thither — or[hither and yon] {adv. phr.}, {literary} In one direction and then in another. * /Bob wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate./ Compare: HERE AND THERE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hither and thither — or[hither and yon] {adv. phr.}, {literary} In one direction and then in another. * /Bob wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate./ Compare: HERE AND THERE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Hither and thither — Thither Thith er, adv. [OE. thider, AS. [eth]ider; akin to E. that; cf. Icel. [thorn]a[eth]ra there, Goth. [thorn]a[thorn]r[=o] thence. See {That}, and {The}.] 1. To that place; opposed to {hither}. [1913 Webster] This city is near; . . . O, let… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hither\ and\ thither — • hither and thither • hither and yon adv. phr. literary In one direction and then in another. Bob wandered hither and thither looking for a playmate. Compare: here and there …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hither and thither — (also hither and yon) ► ADVERB ▪ to and fro …   English terms dictionary

  • hither and thither — adverb from one place or situation to another we were driven from pillar to post • Syn: ↑from pillar to post * * * ˌhither and ˈthither | ˌhither and ˈyon idiom (especially literary) in many different directions • People began rushing hither and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hither and thither — adverb a) To here and to there. Presently, men were running hither and thither in all ways. b) In a disorderly manner …   Wiktionary

  • hither and thither — in one direction and then in another He looked hither and thither when he discovered that he had lost his wallet …   Idioms and examples

  • hither-and-thither — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ intransitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: hither and thither : to move confusedly or at random …   Useful english dictionary

  • hither and thither — here and there …   English contemporary dictionary

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