- to or toward this place: to come hither.
- being on this or the closer side; nearer: the hither side of the meadow.
- hither and thither, in various quarters; here and there: They scurried hither and thither to escape the rain.
- hither and yon, from here to over there, especially to a farther place; in or to a great many places: He looked hither and yon for the coin. She went hither and yon in search of an answer.
Origin of hither
before 900; Middle English, Old English hider; cognate with Old Norse hethra, Latin citer on this side
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Examples from the Web for hither
It was Quicksilver; and he brought one hither, as well as the box.The Paradise of Children
The brindled cow, which has led us hither, will supply us with milk.Tanglewood Tales
Hither, then, Magua retired, when his labors of policy were ended.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Hither flocked merchants and traders from all parts of Europe.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Hither the crowd was already streaming, and hither the procession made its way.The Gentleman From Indiana
- to or towards this place (esp in the phrase come hither)Also (archaic): hitherward, hitherwards
- hither and thither this way and that, as in a state of confusion
- archaic, or dialect (of a side or part, esp of a hill or valley) nearer; closer
Old English hider; related to Old Norse hethra here, Gothic hidrē, Latin citrā on this side, citrō
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Word Origin and History for hither
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