"landing place" (archaic, but still found in place names), from Old English hyð "landing place," especially one on a river or creek, cognate with Old Saxon huth.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for hithe

  • To meet it the greatest of all the Lodes was cut from the Cam at Upware, and at its hithe (or quay) our road has its termination.

  • They had passed Hithe, and were nearly off Dimchurch, when they saw the lugger at some distance from them getting under weigh.

    Christmas Stories|Edward Berens
  • Hithe, which means landing-place, has in later times largely disappeared, except at Rotherhithe near Greenwich.

    Milton's England|Lucia Ames Mead