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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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Examples from the Web for hither
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  • Or from what necessity did the son of Atreus, assembling an army, lead it hither?

  • The brindled cow, which has led us hither, will supply us with milk.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It seemed scarce possible, and yet what besides could have brought him hither?

    In the Days of Chivalry Evelyn Everett-Green
  • hither the crowd was already streaming, and hither the procession made its way.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Come was also Siegfried / with his twelve chosen men, Whom he with him hither / had brought from Netherland.

  • I shall not stay in them: so it signifies nothing to tell you how to direct to me hither.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Has God brought us hither that we might mock Him, and predict honors for a shepherds son?

    Christ Legends Selma Lagerlf
  • The answer of the other spirit was: 'He comes not hither and will never come.

    The Republic Plato
  • Yet hither to he had not succeeded in obtaining a great and undisputed success.

    Arachne, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He had learnt that they were in Paris, and hither I determined forthwith to follow them.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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