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[hith -er] /ˈhɪð ər/
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.
Origin of hither
before 900; Middle English, Old English hider; cognate with Old Norse hethra, Latin citer on this side
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence) Unabridged
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  • My kids basically grew up in the back seat of the car on the way to hither any yon.
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  • 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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  • The ducks are constantly in motion, paddling hither and yon and then diving to the bottom for tasty clams and invertebrates.
British Dictionary definitions for hither


to or towards this place (esp in the phrase come hither) Also (archaic) hitherward, hitherwards
hither and thither, this way and that, as in a state of confusion
(archaic or dialect) (of a side or part, esp of a hill or valley) nearer; closer
Word Origin
Old English hider; related to Old Norse hethra here, Gothic hidrē, Latin citrā on this side, citrō
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Word Origin and History for hither

Old English hider, from Proto-Germanic *hideran (cf. Old Norse heðra "here," Gothic hidre "hither"), from Germanic demonstrative base *hi- (cf. he, here). Spelling change from -d- to -th- is the same evolution seen in father. Relation to here is the same as that of thither to there.

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