hither

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See also: hithër

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English hider, from Proto-Germanic *hidrê. Cognate with Latin citer.

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Adverb[edit]

hither (not comparable)

  1. (literary or archaic) To this place, to here.
    He went hither and thither.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 280:
      But the road left the river again; there were certainly twistings and turnings, as the old woman had said, for at one moment it wound hither and the next thither, and at some places it was almost imperceptible.
  2. over here

Usage notes[edit]

  • Compare to the pronominal adverb "hereto" which follows the pattern of "preposition + what" or "preposition + which".

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hither (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) On this side; the nearer.
    Synonym: (literary) citerior
    • 1954, Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception, Chatto & Windus, p. 30:
      The essential Not-self could be perceived very clearly in things and in living creatures on the hither side of good and evil.

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here there where
hither thither whither
hence thence whence