farther

[ fahr-ther ]
/ ˈfɑr ðər /

adverb, comparative of far, with farthest as superlative.

at or to a greater distance: He went farther down the road.
at or to a more advanced point: They are going no farther in their studies.
at or to a greater degree or extent: The application of the law was extended farther.

adjective, comparative of far, with farthest as superlative.

more distant or remote than something or some place nearer: the farther side of the mountain.
extending or tending to a greater distance: He made a still farther trip.
Nonstandard. further (defs. 5, 6).

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Origin of farther

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English ferther; originally variant of further

words often confused with farther

Although some usage guides insist that only farther should be used for physical distance ( We walked farther than we planned ), farther and further have been used interchangeably throughout much of their histories. However, only further is used in the adverbial sense “moreover” ( Further, you hurt my feelings ) and in the adjectival senses “more extended” ( no further comment ) and “additional” ( Further bulletins came in ).
The expression all the farther (or further ) in place of as far as occurs chiefly in informal speech: This is all the farther the train goes. See also all.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH farther

farther , further (see confusables note at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for farther

farther
/ (ˈfɑːðə) /

adverb

to or at a greater distance in space or time
in addition

adjective

more distant or remote in space or time
additional

Word Origin for farther

C13: see far, further

usage for farther

Farther, farthest, further, and furthest can all be used to refer to literal distance, but further and furthest are regarded as more correct for figurative senses denoting greater or additional amount, time, etc: further to my letter . Further and furthest are also preferred for figurative distance
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Idioms and Phrases with farther

farther

see can't see beyond (farther than) the end of one's nose.

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