adverb, compar. of far with farthest as superl.
adjective, compar. of far with farthest as superl.
Origin of 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.
adjective, far·ther or fur·ther, far·thest or fur·thest.
- by a great deal; very much: too expensive by far.
- plainly; obviously: This melon is by far the ripest of the lot.
- unconventional; offbeat: His sense of humor is far out.
- radical; extreme: political opinions that are far out.
- recondite or esoteric: an interest in art that was considered far out.
- to attain success: With so much talent he should go far.
- to have a great effect toward; help: The new evidence will go far toward proving the defendant's guilt.
- up to now: So far, I've had no reply to my request.
- up to a certain point or extent: We were able to plan only so far because of various factors beyond our control.
- up to the present; up to now: We have met no resistance to our plan thus far.
- to a particular degree, point, or extent: When you get thus far in the experiment, consult with the professor.
Origin of far
Examples from the Web for farther
Contemporary Examples of farther
The Freedom author went to a deserted island to write Farther Away.Roughing It With Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Farther Away’
April 28, 2012
Farther down the highway, a smaller group chanted pro-death slogans and tossed insults at the supporters of Graney.John Grisham's Debut Short Story
October 26, 2009
Historical Examples of farther
Farther on, too, there was a girl so thin and pale that she must surely be a consumptive.
Farther on you read the line: "May Her protection extend to the glass trade."
Farther, in almost all rocks there is a third division of substance, 2.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Farther to the south the Serbians were not so decidedly successful.
Farther, beneath that oak they had exchanged their first kiss.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Word Origin for farther
adverb farther, further, farthest or furthest
- to the degree or extent that
- to the distance or place of
- informalwith reference to; as for
- in an advanced state of deterioration
- informalextremely drunk
- to be successful; achieve muchyour son will go far
- to be sufficient or last longthe wine didn't go far
- up to the present moment
- up to a certain point, extent, degree, etc
- a long way
- something very different
Word Origin for far
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.
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.
see can't see beyond (farther than) the end of one's nose.
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
- 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