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

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of hither in a Sentence

Adjective we began to explore the hither bank while our companions crossed the creek to explore the yonder bank
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The mPOA tosses long nerve fibers, called axons, like lassos hither and yon to network with other important brain clumps. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 In exhibition planning, original artworks sit safely in packing crates, or hang elsewhere, while models of them are moved hither and yon with relatively little care so curators and designers can determine their layout in a gallery. Peter Libbey, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Making these objects both large and small was not an activity conducive for a hobo riding the rails hither and yon with few possessions. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, 13 Oct. 2020 Get turned on and then come hither to fondle my mostly flat chest? Nicole Walker, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Leonard is forced off his father's farm in a shocking incident and wanders hither and thither, becoming a slave to gypsies, a farmworker, a sailor, a diver and a horseman. Dallas News, 20 Aug. 2019 Colorado Department of Transportation Over Memorial Day weekend, a mountain highway in Colorado was just minding its own business, being a nice, normal road and facilitating the transportation of automobiles and trucks hither and yon. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 8 June 2019 Come hither, parched ones, because the Droughtlander is over and the time has come to quench! your! thirst! Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, 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, 27 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And she was captured adoringly by Cecil Beaton’s camera in come-hither beauty. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, 28 Nov. 2020 In his motions, Henry contends that Eckhart pursued him by sending him come-hither text messages. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2020 And the effect works to signal danger warnings to would-be predators and come-hither messages to potential mates. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 July 2020

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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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“Hither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hither. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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