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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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  • But Bow-may was walking towards the Sun-beam, and thitherward followed Gold-mane speedily.

  • But the second wife was more likely to help Johnny thitherward than the first.

    On the Stairs Henry B. Fuller
  • The King is very unquestionably coming on; leaves Lubben thitherward October 20th.

  • thitherward, begging your pardon, Dr. Possum, I affirm to be the north.

  • thitherward did he proceed, advancing cautiously along, for he knew that there was a piece of water in the pleasure-grounds.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • The hiding place that promised best was the old hunting lodge in the forest, and thitherward I turned my face.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • The safety I sought was beyond the borders of the Republic, and thitherward I began to bend my steps.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • thitherward he went, passing under the arched gateway, along a straight street, and into the square.

    Life's Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
  • In a few minutes, however, a slight sound in another part of the room, caused me to turn them thitherward.

    The Flight of the Shadow George MacDonald
  • Thrand answered, "Ufeigh has a daughter who is called Asa, thitherward will we turn if it seem good to thee."

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for thitherward


(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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