- at or to a greater distance: He went farther down the road.
- at or to a more advanced point: They are going no farther in their studies.
- at or to a greater degree or extent: The application of the law was extended farther.
- more distant or remote than something or some place nearer: the farther side of the mountain.
- extending or tending to a greater distance: He made a still farther trip.
- Nonstandard. further(defs 5, 6).
Origin of farther
The expression all the farther (or further ) in place of as far as occurs chiefly in informal speech: This is all the farther the train goes. See also all.
- at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
- at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.
- at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.
- much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.
- being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.
- extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.
- more distant of the two: the far side.
- a far cry (from). cry(def 27).
- as far as. as1(def 18).
- by far,
- by a great deal; very much: too expensive by far.
- plainly; obviously: This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.
- far and away, by far; undoubtedly: She is far and away the smartest one in the class.
- far and wide, to great lengths; over great distances: He traveled far and wide in search of his missing son.Also far and near, near and far.
- far be it from me, I do not wish or dare (to interrupt, criticize, etc.): Far be it from me to complain, but it's getting stuffy in here.
- far out, Slang.
- unconventional; offbeat: His sense of humor is far out.
- radical; extreme: political opinions that are far out.
- recondite or esoteric: an interest in art that was considered far out.
- few and far between. few(def 5).
- go far,
- to attain success: With so much talent he should go far.
- to have a great effect toward; help: The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.
- how far, to what distance, extent, or degree: She didn't know how far they had gone in the mathematics text. How far do you think they can be trusted?
- on the far side of. side1(def 26).
- so far,
- up to now: So far, I've had no reply to my request.
- up to a certain point or extent: We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.
- so far so good, succeeding or managing adequately to this point; doing well thus far: The work is difficult, but so far so good.
- the far side. side1(def 29).
- thus far,
- up to the present; up to now: We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.
- to a particular degree, point, or extent: When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.
Origin of far
Examples from the Web for farther
The Freedom author went to a deserted island to write Farther Away.Roughing It With Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Farther Away’
April 28, 2012
Farther down the highway, a smaller group chanted pro-death slogans and tossed insults at the supporters of Graney.John Grisham's Debut Short Story
October 26, 2009
Farther on, too, there was a girl so thin and pale that she must surely be a consumptive.
Farther on you read the line: "May Her protection extend to the glass trade."
Farther, in almost all rocks there is a third division of substance, 2.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Farther to the south the Serbians were not so decidedly successful.
Farther, beneath that oak they had exchanged their first kiss.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- to or at a greater distance in space or time
- in addition
- more distant or remote in space or time
- at, to, or from a great distance
- at or to a remote timefar in the future
- to a considerable degree; very mucha far better plan
- as far as
- to the degree or extent that
- to the distance or place of
- informalwith reference to; as for
- by far by a considerable margin
- far and away by a very great margin
- far and wide over great distances; everywhere
- far be it from me I would not presume; on no accountfar be it from me to tell you what to do
- far gone
- in an advanced state of deterioration
- informalextremely drunk
- go far
- to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
- to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
- go too far to exceed reasonable limits
- how far? to what extent, distance, or degree?
- in so far as to the degree or extent that
- so far
- up to the present moment
- up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
- so far, so good an expression of satisfaction with progress made
- remote in space or timea far country; in the far past
- extending a great distance; long
- more distantthe far end of the room
- a far cry
- a long way
- something very different
- far from in a degree, state, etc, remote fromhe is far from happy
Word Origin and History for farther
c.1300, variant of further (q.v.), by 17c. it replaced ferrer as comparative of the descendant of Old English fierr "far" (itself a comparative but no longer felt as one). Vowel change influenced by the root vowel, and confusion with Middle English ferþeren "to assist, promote, advance" (see forth). There is no historical basis for the notion that farther is of physical distance and further of degree or quality.
Old English feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.
Idioms and Phrases with farther
In addition to the idioms beginning with far
- far afield
- far and away
- far and near
- far and wide
- far be it from one to
- far cry from, a
- far from
- far gone
- far out