farther

[fahr-th er]

adverb, compar. of far with farthest as superl.

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, compar. of far with farthest as superl.

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).

Origin of farther

1300–50; Middle English ferther; orig. variant of further
Can be confusedfarther father further (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

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.

far

[fahr]

adverb

at or to a great distance; a long way off; at or to a remote point: We sailed far ahead of the fleet.
at or to a remote or advanced time: We talked far into the night.
at or to a great, advanced, or definite point of progress, or degree: Having come this far, we might as well continue.
much or many: I need far more time. We gained far more advantages.

adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.

being at a great distance; remote in time or place: a far country; the far future.
extending to a great distance: the far frontiers of empire.
more distant of the two: the far side.

Origin of far

before 900; Middle English far, fer, Old English feorr; cognate with Old High German ferr, Old Norse fjar, Gothic fairra; akin to German fern far, Latin porrō forward, further
Related formsfar·ness, nouno·ver·far, adverb, adjective
Can be confusedfair far fare

Usage note

See as1, farther.
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British Dictionary definitions for farther

farther

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

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

far

adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest

at, to, or from a great distance
at or to a remote timefar in the future
to a considerable degree; very mucha far better plan
as far as
  1. to the degree or extent that
  2. to the distance or place of
  3. informalwith reference to; as for
by far by a considerable margin
far and away by a very great margin
far and wide over great distances; everywhere
far be it from me I would not presume; on no accountfar be it from me to tell you what to do
far gone
  1. in an advanced state of deterioration
  2. informalextremely drunk
go far
  1. to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
  2. to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
go too far to exceed reasonable limits
how far? to what extent, distance, or degree?
in so far as to the degree or extent that
so far
  1. up to the present moment
  2. up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
so far, so good an expression of satisfaction with progress made

adjective (prenominal)

remote in space or timea far country; in the far past
extending a great distance; long
more distantthe far end of the room
a far cry
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
far from in a degree, state, etc, remote fromhe is far from happy
Derived Formsfarness, noun

Word Origin for far

Old English feorr; related to Old Frisian fīr, Old High German ferro, Latin porro forwards, Greek pera further
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Word Origin and History for farther
adj.

c.1300, variant of further (q.v.), by 17c. it replaced ferrer as comparative of the descendant of Old English fierr "far" (itself a comparative but no longer felt as one). Vowel change influenced by the root vowel, and confusion with Middle English ferþeren "to assist, promote, advance" (see forth). There is no historical basis for the notion that farther is of physical distance and further of degree or quality.

far

adj.

Old English feorr "far, remote, distant, to a great distance, long ago," from Proto-Germanic *ferro (cf. Old Saxon ferr, Old Frisian fer, Old Norse fjarre, Dutch ver, Old High German ferro, German fern, Gothic fairra), from PIE *per- "through, across, beyond" (cf. Sanskrit parah "farther, remote, ulterior," Hittite para "outside of," Greek pera "across, beyond," Latin per "through," Old Irish ire "farther"). Far East "China, Japan, and surrounding regions" is from 1838.

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Idioms and Phrases with farther

farther

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

far

In addition to the idioms beginning with far

  • far afield
  • far and away
  • far and near
  • far and wide
  • far be it from one to
  • far cry from, a
  • far from
  • far gone
  • far out

also see:

  • as far as
  • as far as possible
  • as far as that goes
  • by far
  • carry too far
  • few and far between
  • go far
  • go so far as to
  • go too far
  • so far
  • so far so good
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