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
Can be confusedhence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence)
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Related Words for hither

here, close, toward

Examples from the Web for hither

Historical Examples of hither

  • It was Quicksilver; and he brought one hither, as well as the box.

    The Paradise of Children

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The brindled cow, which has led us hither, will supply us with milk.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for hither



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

Word Origin for hither

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

Old English hider, from Proto-Germanic *hideran (cf. Old Norse heðra "here," Gothic hidre "hither"), from Germanic demonstrative base *hi- (cf. he, here). Spelling change from -d- to -th- is the same evolution seen in father. Relation to here is the same as that of thither to there.

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