1 of 2


hith·​er ˈhi-t͟hər How to pronounce hither (audio)
: to this place


2 of 2


: being on the near or adjacent side

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
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Word History



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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
hith·​er ˈhit͟h-ər How to pronounce hither (audio)
: to this place
come hither


2 of 2 adjective
: near entry 3 sense 3, nearer
the hither side of the hill

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