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From Old English hȳþ. See also Lambeth, Queenhithe (a ward in the City of London), Hythe (a coastal town in Kent).



hithe (plural hithes)

  1. (obsolete) A landing-place on a river; a harbour or small port.
    • 1603, John Stow, A Survey of London, 1842, William J. Thoms (editor), page 134,
      This Edred's hithe, after the aforesaid grants, came again to the king's hands, by what means I have not read, but it pertained unto the queen, and, therefore, was called Ripa reginæ, the Queene's bank, or Queene's hithe, and great profit thereof was made to her use, as may appear with this which followeth.
    • 1839 [1828], Thomas Allen, Thomas Wright (updates for 1839 edition), The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, Volume 3, page 724,
      After this, the bailiffs of the said Hithe complained, that, since the said recognition, fourteen foreign ships, laden with fish, arrived at Billingsgate, which ships should have arrived at the said Hithe.




  1. h-prothesized form of ithe