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Origin of farther
words often confused with farther
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 fartherfarther , further (see confusables note at the current entry)
Words nearby farther
FARTHER VS. FURTHER
What’s the difference between farther and further?
Farther most commonly means at or to a greater distance, especially a literal distance, as in a few steps farther or two miles farther or We’re moving even farther away. Further can mean the same thing as farther but commonly means to a greater figurative distance, as in Nothing could be further from the truth, or to a greater extent, as in Let’s discuss this further.
The traditional distinction is that farther is used for literal distances and that further should be used for figurative distances or metaphorical extents, though in everyday communication, they are often used interchangeably, with further often being used for literal distances and farther being used to mean at a more advanced point or to a great extent.
However, further is used in a few ways that farther is not. Further can be used as a verb meaning to advance something, such as an agenda or cause, as in This will help to further our cause. As an adjective, further can mean more extended, as in further delays, or additional, as in We will hold further meetings. It can also be used in the beginning of a sentence or clause to mean the same thing as furthermore, in addition, or moreover, as in I don’t like ice cream. Further, I don’t like pistachios. So why would you buy me pistachio ice cream?
You can remember that farther is typically used for literal distance by remembering that it’s the comparative form of the adjective far, with the superlative form being farthest.
Here’s an example of farther and further used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: I have to drive farther than usual for work today—I’ll explain further when I get home.
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Quiz yourself on farther vs. further!
Should farther or further be used in the following sentence?
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How to use farther in a sentence
Of course, our original snowfall prediction made Tuesday, was farther off in many areas.Snow expected tonight, mainly south of D.C., before possible ice on Saturday|Jason Samenow, Wes Junker|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
I nearly always use the oven’s top rack when broiling, because the farther the food is from the heat, the more I start to wonder why I didn’t just bake instead.
As the first wave exits off the coast, the front would probably sink a little farther to the south, putting the area deeper in the cold air.After Sunday’s slush fest, another winter storm threatens by Wednesday night|Jason Samenow, Wes Junker|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
That’s because farther-out planets probably formed where it’s cold, and there was more low-density material like frozen water, rather than rock, to begin with.Two exoplanet families redefine what planetary systems can look like|Lisa Grossman|February 5, 2021|Science News
Fairfax County is offering free transportation to vaccination sites for some residents who live farther away.D.C. officials knock on doors to reach seniors amid push for vaccine equity|Julie Zauzmer, Hannah Natanson, Rebecca Tan|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
The Freedom author went to a deserted island to write Farther Away.Roughing It With Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Farther Away’|Chris Wallace|April 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Farther down the highway, a smaller group chanted pro-death slogans and tossed insults at the supporters of Graney.
Farther down the gravel-walk strolls a young Frenchman and his fiancée—the mother of his betrothed inevitably at her side!The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith
Farther from the center they become parabolic, but they are quite good over the entire plate, 3¼ by 4¼ inches.Photographs of Nebul and Clusters|James Edward Keeler
Farther down the river there was a flash of something white amidst the pale green shimmer of the flood.The Gold Trail|Harold Bindloss
Farther forward, a doorway leading to the companion-way, and past the officers' quarters to the main deck.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
Farther back were fields of caramels, and all the land seemed well cultivated and carefully tended.The Tin Woodman of Oz|L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for farther
Word Origin for farther
usage for farther
Other Idioms and Phrases with farther
see can't see beyond (farther than) the end of one's nose.