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[thith -er, th ith -] /ˈθɪð ər, ˈðɪð-/
Also, thitherward
[thith -er-werd, th ith -] /ˈθɪð ər wərd, ˈðɪð-/ (Show IPA),
thitherwards. to or toward that place or point; there.
on the farther or other side or in the direction away from the person speaking; farther; more remote.
Origin of thither
before 900; Middle English, variant of Middle English thider, Old English, alteration of thæder (i from hider hither); akin to Old Norse thathra there, Gothic thathro thence, Sanskrit tátra there, thither
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 thither
  • There were some two hundred persons in attendance, including those draws thither by curiosity.
  • Traffic policemen are standing in the middle of the road, directing cars hither and thither in the time-honoured fashion.
  • Representative citizens of the place and many persons drawn thither by curiosity were present at the funeral services.
  • Of course it is of no use to direct our steps to the woods, if they do not carry us thither.
  • All those goods that travelled thither were offerings to appease the shades.
  • He follows every suggestion, he goes hither and thither, at random.
  • thither the boys who are to be initiated are conducted blindfold, followed by their parents and relations.
  • He used to travel thither with his family and their belongings in his own carriage, followed by a baggage wagon.
  • We promptly sent thither a small army of pacification.
  • For a paltry sum they will engage to guide you thither, but before reaching the mountain top will leave you to proceed alone.
British Dictionary definitions for thither


(obsolete or formal) to or towards that place; in that direction: the flowers and music which attract people thither
Word Origin
Old English thider, variant of thæder, influenced by hiderhither; related to Old Norse thathra there
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Word Origin and History for thither

Old English þider "to or toward that place," altered (by influence of its opposite hider) from earlier þæder "to that place," from Proto-Germanic *thadra- (cf. Old Norse þaðra "there"), from *tha (see that) + PIE suffix denoting motion toward (cf. Gothic -dre, Sanskrit -tra). The medial -th- developed in Middle English but was rare before early 16c. (cf. gather, murder, burden).

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