hither

[ hith-er ]
/ ˈhɪð ər /

adverb

to or toward this place: to come hither.

adjective

being on this or the closer side; nearer: the hither side of the meadow.

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Idioms for hither

    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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hither

hence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence)
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British Dictionary definitions for hither and thither

hither
/ (ˈhɪðə) /

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

Old English hider; related to Old Norse hethra here, Gothic hidrē, Latin citrā on this side, citrō
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Idioms and Phrases with hither and thither

hither and thither

Also, hither and yon. Here and there, as in I've been wandering about, hither and thither, or Ruth went hither and yon, searching for her sister. These old words for “here” and “there” are rarely heard outside these expressions, which themselves may be dying out. [c. a.d. 725]

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