[hwith -er, with -]
- to what place? where?
- to what end, point, action, or the like? to what?
- to which place.
- to whatever place.
Origin of whither
before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English, Old English hwider, alteration of hwæder (cognate with Gothic hwadre), modeled on hider hither
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Examples from the Web for whither
Death and the awful abode of lost souls, whither my weakness long ago had sent him, had changed him for every other eye but mine.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
So is it unseemly to therefore flip it back to the Dems and ask, “Whither go the bros?”Do Democrats Care About Men?
October 16, 2012
Nevertheless, it is no exaggeration to say that whither Rafsanjani goes, so goes the future of Iran.Friday Surprise in Iran?
July 16, 2009
So turning from me, she spoke with quickness, Whither now, Clary Harlowe?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He is now shut up in his apartment, whither I heard him go on leaving mine.Lady Susan
What good would it do her to know who he was, from whence he came, or whither he was going?The Dream
Nor, in the blindness of his frenzy, had he seen when she had gone nor whither she went.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Whither, under circumstances like these, was it natural for her to fly?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- to what place?
- to what end or purpose?
- to whatever place, purpose, etc
Old English hwider, hwæder; related to Gothic hvadrē; modern English form influenced by hither
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Word Origin and History for whither
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