Idioms

Origin of here

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēr; cognate with German hier, Old Norse, Gothic hēr
Can be confusedhear here (see synonym study at hear)

Usage note

10. See there.

Word story

The very basic word here, a derivative of the Proto-Indo-European root ko-, ke-, kē(i)-, ki- “this, this here,” has so many relatives in so many Indo-European languages that it is hard to choose examples.
From ke-, Latin has cedo “gimme,” cēterus (from ce-eteros ) “the other, the rest of,” hic (from hic-ce ) “this, this here,” and ecce “look!” Greek has (e)keînos (from (e)ke-enos ) “that, that one (over there),” and ekeî “there, over there.” The variant ki- yields Latin cis “on this side of” (as in Gallia Cisalpina “Cisalpine Gaul,” that part of Italy in the Po Valley between the Alps and the Apennines, where Gauls lived).
In Germanic ki- becomes hi-, from which Old English has hē, his, him and the neuter pronoun hit (English he, his, him and it ), hire, the genitive and dative singular feminine pronoun (English her ), and heom, him, the dative plural of the third person pronoun, now the colloquial English ‘em. Old High German derives hiutu “this day, today” (German heute ). Hi- and the adverbial or locative suffix -r yields Gothic hēr, Old English hēr, and German hier.
Finally, Hittite has ki “this” and kinun “now.”
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British Dictionary definitions for here and now (1 of 2)

here

/ (hɪə) /

adverb

noun

this placethey leave here tonight
here and now or the here and now the present time

Word Origin for here

Old English hēr; related to Old Norse hēr, Old High German hiar, Old Saxon hīr

British Dictionary definitions for here and now (2 of 2)

Here

/ (ˈjɪrə) /

interjection

Southern African an exclamation of surprise or dismay

Word Origin for Here

Afrikaans: Lord
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Word Origin and History for here and now

here


Old English her "in this place, where one puts himself," from Proto-Germanic pronomial stem *hi- (from PIE *ki- "this;" see he) + adverbial suffix -r. Cognate with Old Saxon her, Old Norse, Gothic her, Swedish här, Middle Dutch, Dutch hier, Old High German hiar, German hier.

Phrase here today and gone tomorrow first recorded 1680s in writings of Aphra Behn. Here's to _____ as a toast is from 1590s, probably short for here's health to _____. In vulgar speech, this here as an adjective is attested from 1762. To be neither here nor there "of no consequence" attested from 1580s. Here we go again as a sort of verbal roll of the eyes is attested from 1950. Noun phrase here and now "this present life" is from 1829.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with here and now (1 of 2)

here and now


1

At this moment, as in We must reach a decision here and now. [Early 1800s]

2

the here and now. This life, the present, as in We'd better think of the here and now before worrying about future generations. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with here and now (2 of 2)

here


In addition to the idioms beginning with here

  • here and now
  • here and there
  • here goes
  • here today, gone tomorrow
  • here to stay

also see:

  • buck stops here
  • downhill all the way (from here)
  • have had it (up to here)
  • neither here nor there
  • same here
  • where do we go from here
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