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[kuhm-hith -er, kuh-mith -] /ˌkʌmˈhɪð ər, kəˈmɪð-/
inviting or enticing, especially in a sexually provocative manner; beckoning:
a come-hither look.
Origin of come-hither
1895-1900; adj., noun use of imperative phrase come hither
Related forms
come-hitherness, noun Unabridged
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  • Rita had often come hither in the daytime, during the week that had now passed since her arrival at the mountain camp.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • An Artaud, their ancestor, had come hither and settled like a pariah in this waste.

  • He began even to persuade himself that he had done well, since he had come hither, not to talk politely, but to get money.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • You are a spy of his enemies, and a revolutionary, come hither to ruin our religion and our State.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Reader, if you love the things of our ancient Spain, come hither.

  • But the church and all in it seemed to say: "If ever you are in heavy trouble, come hither to me."

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • He takes it upon him to come hither, if it be agreeable to me.

  • For this cause I am come hither, to pray you to give me three gifts.

  • May the undying Gods bless the threshold of this Gate, and oft may I come hither to taste of your kindness!

  • Seaman,” said Ludar, “relieve the maiden at the helm, and bid her come hither.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for come hither


(usually prenominal) (informal) alluring; seductive: a come-hither look
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