Idioms

Origin of here

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēr; cognate with German hier, Old Norse, Gothic hēr

Can be confused

hear 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's to (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's to (2 of 2)

Here

/ (ˈjɪrə) /

interjection

Southern African an exclamation of surprise or dismay

Word Origin for Here

Afrikaans: Lord
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Idioms and Phrases with here's to (1 of 2)

here's to


One salutes someone or something. For example, Here's to Bill on his retirement, or Here's to the new project. This phrase, nearly always used as a toast to someone or something, is a shortening of here's a health to and has been so used since the late 1500s. Shakespeare had it in Romeo and Juliet (5:3): “Here's to my Love.”

Idioms and Phrases with here's to (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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