Nearby words

  1. herder, johann gottfried von,
  2. herdic,
  3. herding dog,
  4. herdsman,
  5. herdwick,
  6. here and now,
  7. here and there,
  8. here goes,
  9. here to stay,
  10. here today, gone tomorrow


Origin of here

before 900; Middle English; Old English hēr; cognate with German hier, Old Norse, Gothic hēr

Can be confusedhear here (see synonym study at hear)

Usage note

10. See there. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for neither here nor there



in, at, or to this place, point, case, or respectwe come here every summer; here, the policemen do not usually carry guns; here comes Roy
here and there at several places in or throughout an area
here goes an exclamation indicating that the speaker is about to perform an action
here's to a formula used in proposing a toast to someone or something
here today, gone tomorrow short-lived; transitory
here we go again an event or process is about to repeat itself
neither here nor there of no relevance or importance
this here See this (def. 7)


this placethey leave here tonight
here and now or the here and now the present time

Word Origin for here

Old English hēr; related to Old Norse hēr, Old High German hiar, Old Saxon hīr



Southern African an exclamation of surprise or dismay

Word Origin for Here

Afrikaans: Lord

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Word Origin and History for neither here nor there


Old English her "in this place, where one puts himself," from Proto-Germanic pronomial stem *hi- (from PIE *ki- "this;" see he) + adverbial suffix -r. Cognate with Old Saxon her, Old Norse, Gothic her, Swedish här, Middle Dutch, Dutch hier, Old High German hiar, German hier.

Phrase here today and gone tomorrow first recorded 1680s in writings of Aphra Behn. Here's to _____ as a toast is from 1590s, probably short for here's health to _____. In vulgar speech, this here as an adjective is attested from 1762. To be neither here nor there "of no consequence" attested from 1580s. Here we go again as a sort of verbal roll of the eyes is attested from 1950. Noun phrase here and now "this present life" is from 1829.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with neither here nor there

neither here nor there

Unimportant, irrelevant, as in You pay for the movie and I'll get the dinner check, or vice versa—it's neither here nor there. This expression was first recorded in 1583. Also see beside the point.


In addition to the idioms beginning with here

  • here and now
  • here and there
  • here goes
  • here today, gone tomorrow
  • here to stay

also see:

  • buck stops here
  • downhill all the way (from here)
  • have had it (up to here)
  • neither here nor there
  • same here
  • where do we go from here
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