"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.
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Historical Examples of hithe
Hithe, which means landing-place, has in later times largely disappeared, except at Rotherhithe near Greenwich.Milton's England
Lucia Ames Mead
They had passed Hithe, and were nearly off Dimchurch, when they saw the lugger at some distance from them getting under weigh.Christmas Stories
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.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely
Rev. Edward Conybeare.