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

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 When approaching the speaker, the interface gently lights up using light-trough aluminum technology and positively invites the user to come hither and interact with it. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 That enormous increase of money beginning to flow hither and yon, once started, will be unstoppable without drastic actions being taken. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 But as director Christopher Ashley sends the columns gliding hither and thither to create various interiors and exteriors, the structures often … wobble. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2021 Delays occur there as well, due to shortages of shipping containers — and of dockworkers to unload the cargo, and truck drivers to bring the books hither and yon. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wearing a bold floral print dress, Clarkson flawlessly captured the track’s come hither arrangement and Morris’ ready-for-amour vibe. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 21 June 2022 The iteration Bradshaw wore to the date was designed by Karan, but in the photoshoot scene—according to Haroutounian and Jimenez—Bradshaw is wearing Jimenez’s dress with a laptop propped on her lap, staring at the camera with those come-hither eyes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2021 Same with Sitake, a man seemingly mystified, searching high and low, wide and far, hither and thither, hunting, scratching, grasping for the right conclusion. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Hither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hither. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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

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: to this place Come hither.

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