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hither

[hith -er] /ˈhɪð ər/
adverb
1.
to or toward this place:
to come hither.
adjective
2.
being on this or the closer side; nearer:
the hither side of the meadow.
Idioms
3.
hither and thither, in various quarters; here and there:
They scurried hither and thither to escape the rain.
4.
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
900
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)
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Examples from the Web for hither
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  • It was Quicksilver; and he brought one hither, as well as the box.

    The Paradise of Children Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The brindled cow, which has led us hither, will supply us with milk.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • hither, then, Magua retired, when his labors of policy were ended.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • hither flocked merchants and traders from all parts of Europe.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • hither the crowd was already streaming, and hither the procession made its way.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Thou whom chance may hither lead, Be thou clad in russet weed, etc.

  • I shall not stay in them: so it signifies nothing to tell you how to direct to me hither.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Now is the time when hither and yonOur city-people runSeeking a home.

  • Another spirit answered, 'He comes not hither, and will never come.

    The Republic Plato
  • The answer of the other spirit was: 'He comes not hither and will never come.

    The Republic Plato
British Dictionary definitions for hither

hither

/ˈhɪðə/
adverb
1.
to or towards this place (esp in the phrase come hither) Also (archaic) hitherward, hitherwards
2.
hither and thither, this way and that, as in a state of confusion
adjective
3.
(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
adv.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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