to or toward this place: to come hither.
being on this or the closer side; nearer: the hither side of the meadow.
hither and thither, in various quarters; here and there: They scurried hither and thither to escape the rain.
hither and yon, from here to over there, especially to a farther place; in or to a great many places: He looked hither and yon for the coin. She went hither and yon in search of an answer.

before 900; Middle English, Old English hider; cognate with Old Norse hethra, Latin citer on this side

hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence).
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hither (ˈhɪðə)
1.  hitherward, Also (archaic): hitherwards to or towards this place (esp in the phrase come hither)
2.  hither and thither this way and that, as in a state of confusion
3.  archaic, dialect or (of a side or part, esp of a hill or valley) nearer; closer
[Old English hider; related to Old Norse hethra here, Gothic hidrē, Latin citrā on this side, citrō]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hider, from P.Gmc. *khideran (cf. O.N. heðra "here," Goth. hidre "hither"), from Gmc. demonstrative base *hi- (cf. he, here). Spelling change from -d- to -th- is the same evolution seen in father (q.v.). Relation to here is the same as that of thither to there.
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Example sentences
My kids basically grew up in the back seat of the car on the way to hither any yon.
It doesn't take long before rooms are engulfed with trains running hither and yon.
Some gardeners might delight in an aggressive groundcover that runs all hither and yon.
So she began in her usual fashion to build up a false repose on the hither side of belief.
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