[hwith-er, with-]


to what place? where?
to what end, point, action, or the like? to what?


to which place.
to whatever place.

Origin of whither

before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English, Old English hwider, alteration of hwæder (cognate with Gothic hwadre), modeled on hider hither
Can be confusedhence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence)weather whether whither wither (see synonym study at wither)whither wither
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  • So turning from me, she spoke with quickness, Whither now, Clary Harlowe?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He is now shut up in his apartment, whither I heard him go on leaving mine.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • What good would it do her to know who he was, from whence he came, or whither he was going?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Nor, in the blindness of his frenzy, had he seen when she had gone nor whither she went.

  • Whither, under circumstances like these, was it natural for her to fly?

British Dictionary definitions for whither



to what place?
to what end or purpose?


to whatever place, purpose, etc

Word Origin for whither

Old English hwider, hwæder; related to Gothic hvadrē; modern English form influenced by hither
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Word Origin and History for whither

Old English hwider, from Proto-Germanic *khwi- "who" (see who) + -der as in hither and thither. Cf. Gothic hvadre.

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