Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

farther

play
adverb far·ther \ˈfär-thər\

Simple Definition of farther

  • : to or at or to a more distant place or time or a more advanced point

Full Definition of farther

  1. 1 :  at or to a greater distance or more advanced point <got no farther than the first page> <nothing could be farther from the truth>

  2. 2 :  to a greater degree or extent <see to it that I do not have to act any farther in the matter — Bernard DeVoto>

Usage Discussion of farther

Farther and further have been used more or less interchangeably throughout most of their history, but currently they are showing signs of diverging. As adverbs they continue to be used interchangeably whenever spatial, temporal, or metaphorical distance is involved. But where there is no notion of distance, further is used <our techniques can be further refined>. Further is also used as a sentence modifier <further, the workshop participants were scarcely optimistic — L. B. Mayhew>, but farther is not. A polarizing process appears to be taking place in their adjective use. Farther is taking over the meaning of distance <the farther shore> and further the meaning of addition <needed no further invitation>.

Examples of farther

  1. It's farther away than I'd thought.

  2. <they had traveled farther down the Colorado River than any previous explorers>



Origin of farther

Middle English ferther, alteration of further


First Known Use: 14th century


2

farther

adjective far·ther

Simple Definition of farther

  • : more distant

Full Definition of farther

  1. 1 :  more distant :  remoter <the farther side of town>

  2. 2 :  further 2 <clearing his throat preparatory to farther revelations — Edith Wharton>

Examples of farther

  1. the farther side of town

  2. <for farther information on this condition, you should consult your family physician>



14th Century

First Known Use of farther

14th century



FARTHER Defined for Kids

1

farther

play
adverb far·ther \ˈfär-thər\

Definition of farther

  1. 1 :  at or to a greater distance or more advanced point <They drove farther north.>

  2. 2 :  more completely <The class grew interested as she explained her idea farther.>




2

farther

play
adjective far·ther

Definition of farther

  1. :  more distant <the farther hill>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up farther? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

100 pounds 196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ