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[hith -er] /ˈhɪð ər/
to or toward this place:
to come hither.
being on this or the closer side; nearer:
the hither side of the meadow.
hither and thither, in various quarters; here and there:
They scurried hither and thither to escape the rain.
hither and yon, from here to over there, especially to a farther place; in or to a great many places:
He looked hither and yon for the coin. She went hither and yon in search of an answer.
Origin of hither
before 900; Middle English, Old English hider; cognate with Old Norse hethra, Latin citer on this side
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence) Unabridged
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  • Or from what necessity did the son of Atreus, assembling an army, lead it hither?

  • They came hot-foot to me, and in the interests of peace I have entreated them hither.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • It seemed scarce possible, and yet what besides could have brought him hither?

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
  • hither I came to seek a woman, but the Queen I came not to seek.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • Come was also Siegfried / with his twelve chosen men, Whom he with him hither / had brought from Netherland.

  • Conduct him hither, my son, and let me look at him once more.

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • Has God brought us hither that we might mock Him, and predict honors for a shepherds son?

    Christ Legends Selma Lagerlf
  • As soon as God sends them hither I will not lose one hour of time.'

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
  • Yet hither to he had not succeeded in obtaining a great and undisputed success.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • With frown to make a statue thrill, The master thundered, "hither, Will!"

British Dictionary definitions for hither


to or towards this place (esp in the phrase come hither) Also (archaic) hitherward, hitherwards
hither and thither, this way and that, as in a state of confusion
(archaic or dialect) (of a side or part, esp of a hill or valley) nearer; closer
Word Origin
Old English hider; related to Old Norse hethra here, Gothic hidrē, Latin citrā on this side, citrō
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Word Origin and History for hither

Old English hider, from Proto-Germanic *hideran (cf. Old Norse heðra "here," Gothic hidre "hither"), from Germanic demonstrative base *hi- (cf. he, here). Spelling change from -d- to -th- is the same evolution seen in father. Relation to here is the same as that of thither to there.

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