hith·​er | \ ˈhi-t͟hər How to pronounce hither (audio) \

Definition of hither

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to this place



Definition of hither (Entry 2 of 2)

: being on the near or adjacent side

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hither

Synonyms: Adjective

closer, near, nigher, this

Antonyms: Adjective

far, farther, further, opposite, other, that

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Examples of hither in a Sentence


we began to explore the hither bank while our companions crossed the creek to explore the yonder bank

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Come hither, parched ones, because the Droughtlander is over and the time has come to quench! your! thirst! Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Claire and Jamie Find Trouble in America in Outlander's Dramatic Premiere Episode," 5 Nov. 2018 In one of the film’s best running gags, the Arpels’ pet dachshund rushes hither and thither, joining the many stray dogs of the neighborhood and following them in and out of formal buildings. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "Hilariously Stuck Between Modernity and the Past," 27 Apr. 2018 For decades, the parents of gifted young players sent their kids hither and yon in a Canadian junior hockey system that worked well for some players, and not so well for others. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Humboldt Tragedy Hits Home for Hockey and Non-Hockey Families Alike," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hither


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hither


Middle English hider, hither, from Old English hider; akin to Goth hidre hither, Latin citra on this side — more at he

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The first known use of hither was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hither

old-fashioned + literary : to this place


hith·​er | \ ˈhi-t͟hər How to pronounce hither (audio) \

Kids Definition of hither

: to this place Come hither.

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