[thith-er, th ith-]


Also thith·er·ward [thith-er-werd, th ith-] /ˈθɪð ər wərd, ˈðɪð-/, thith·er·wards. to or toward that place or point; there.


on the farther or other side or in the direction away from the person speaking; farther; more remote.

Origin of thither

before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English thider, Old English, alteration of thæder (i from hider hither); akin to Old Norse thathra there, Gothic thathro thence, Sanskrit tátra there, thither
Can be confusedhence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thither

Contemporary Examples of thither

Historical Examples of thither

  • Here the guests were assembled, and thither we bent our steps.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • It was true that Sidney was happy in his new home, and thither we must now trace him.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Behind the gratings, the figures of women were moving hither and thither.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • Thither came the Sheriff and was shown into the King's presence.

  • And she is borne hither and thither on the wings of the whirlwind.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

British Dictionary definitions for thither


thitherward (ˈðɪðəwəd)


obsolete, or formal to or towards that place; in that directionthe flowers and music which attract people thither

Word Origin for thither

Old English thider, variant of thæder, influenced by hider hither; related to Old Norse thathra there
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for thither

Old English þider "to or toward that place," altered (by influence of its opposite hider) from earlier þæder "to that place," from Proto-Germanic *thadra- (cf. Old Norse þaðra "there"), from *tha (see that) + PIE suffix denoting motion toward (cf. Gothic -dre, Sanskrit -tra). The medial -th- developed in Middle English but was rare before early 16c. (cf. gather, murder, burden).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with thither


see hither and thither.

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