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[thith -er, th ith -] /ˈθɪð ər, ˈðɪð-/
Also, thitherward
[thith -er-werd, th ith -] /ˈθɪð ər wərd, ˈðɪð-/ (Show IPA),
thitherwards. to or toward that place or point; there.
on the farther or other side or in the direction away from the person speaking; farther; more remote.
Origin of thither
before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English thider, Old English, alteration of thæder (i from hider hither); akin to Old Norse thathra there, Gothic thathro thence, Sanskrit tátra there, thither
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence) Unabridged
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(obsolete or formal) to or towards that place; in that direction: the flowers and music which attract people thither
Word Origin
Old English thider, variant of thæder, influenced by hiderhither; related to Old Norse thathra there
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Word Origin and History for thitherward



Old English þider "to or toward that place," altered (by influence of its opposite hider) from earlier þæder "to that place," from Proto-Germanic *thadra- (cf. Old Norse þaðra "there"), from *tha (see that) + PIE suffix denoting motion toward (cf. Gothic -dre, Sanskrit -tra). The medial -th- developed in Middle English but was rare before early 16c. (cf. gather, murder, burden).

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