EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS adverb to or toward this place: to come hither. adjective being on this or the closer side; nearer: the hither side of the meadow. Idioms 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 Historical Examples of hither
It was Quicksilver; and he brought one
hither, as well as the box.
The brindled cow, which has led us
hither, will supply us with milk. Hither, then, Magua retired, when his labors of policy were ended. Hither flocked merchants and traders from all parts of Europe. Hither the crowd was already streaming, and hither the procession made its way. British Dictionary definitions for hither adverb 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 adjective archaic, or dialect (of a side or part, esp of a hill or valley) nearer; closer Word Origin for hither
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 adv.
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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