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[noh-hwith-er, -with-]
  1. to no place; nowhere: paths leading nowhither.
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Origin of nowhither

before 900; Middle English nohwider, Old English nāhwider. See no1, whither
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Historical Examples

  • She had nowhither to run—but there she was at the end of a large trap.

    The Fifth Queen

    Ford Madox Ford

  • But we get nowhither unless we carefully distinguish between the foundation of the problem and the problem itself.

  • As the miles were covered he still floundered in a maze of speculation that seemed to lead him nowhither.

    The One-Way Trail

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for nowhither


  1. archaic to no place; to nowhere
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Word Origin

Old English nāhwider. See neither
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Word Origin and History for nowhither


"toward no place," Old English nahwiðer; see no + whither.

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