noun (1)
tith·​er | \ ˈtī-t͟hər How to pronounce tither (audio) \
plural tithers

Definition of tither

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that pays tithes
2 : one that collects or advocates the payment of tithes


noun (2)

Definition of tither (Entry 2 of 2)

: a highly nervous, excited, or agitated state : dither Of course it was impossible to ignore the presence of an aging white woman accompanied by a small black child. The ship was in a tither.— Alice Walker

Examples of tither in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The couple who are avid churchgoers and tithers also discussed their allocation of money and time towards church and charities. Tiyana Jordan, Essence, "Money Moves: David And Tamela Mann Dish On Financial Wellness," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of tither

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tither

Noun (1)

Middle English tythere, from tiþen, tythen "to tithe entry 2" + -ere -er entry 2

Noun (2)

probably variant of dither entry 2, with t- perhaps from titter entry 1

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“Tither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tither. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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