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[thith-er, th ith-]
  1. Also thith·er·ward [thith-er-werd, th ith-] /ˈθɪð ər wərd, ˈðɪð-/, thith·er·wards. to or toward that place or point; there.
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  1. on the farther or other side or in the direction away from the person speaking; farther; more remote.
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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)
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Historical Examples of thitherward

  • But the second wife was more likely to help Johnny thitherward than the first.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • Thitherward, begging your pardon, Dr. Possum, I affirm to be the north.

  • The hiding place that promised best was the old hunting lodge in the forest, and thitherward I turned my face.

  • Thitherward he went, passing under the arched gateway, along a straight street, and into the square.

  • And because he knew that God would lead him thitherward, he had no wish, no care for anything beyond.

    Seekers after God

    Frederic William Farrar

British Dictionary definitions for thitherward


thitherward (ˈðɪðəwəd)

  1. obsolete, or formal to or towards that place; in that directionthe flowers and music which attract people thither
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Word Origin for thither

Old English thider, variant of thæder, influenced by hider hither; related to Old Norse thathra there
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Word Origin and History for thitherward



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).

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Idioms and Phrases with thitherward


see hither and thither.

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