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, 6 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tither.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About tither

Time Traveler for tither

Time Traveler

The first known use of tither was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near tither

tithe proctor



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for tither

Cite this Entry

“Tither.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tither. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on tither

Britannica English: Translation of tither for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!