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[yon-der] /ˈyɒn dər/
being in that place or over there; being that or those over there:
That road yonder is the one to take.
being the more distant or farther:
yonder side.
at, in, or to that place specified or more or less distant; over there.
1250-1300; Middle English yonder, yender, equivalent to yond + -er as in hither, thither, etc.; akin to Dutch ginder, Gothic jaindre


[yond] /yɒnd/
adverb, adjective, Archaic.
before 900; Middle English; Old English geond; akin to Dutch ginds, Gothic jaind. See yon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for yonder
  • Bob, off you go into the wild blue yonder flying high into the sky.
  • Purely hypothetical and imaginary out of blue yonder of course, this chart is, but fun nonetheless.
  • But finally, the bird is free, and off he flies into the clear blue yonder.
  • Many of yonder years hacking was done by people who knew more than the people managing the systems.
  • Speed kills, the saying goes, and driving from here to yonder takes forever at posted limits.
  • Little of the critical fighting in the wide blue yonder is shown.
  • So with our new target location set into the navigation system, it's off into the wild blue yonder.
  • Exploration of our inner space has lagged behind efforts to understand the wild blue yonder.
  • His redemption up in the wild and not-so-blue yonder is a palpable hoax.
  • yonder sandstone cliff was once the bed of a great flowing river.
British Dictionary definitions for yonder


at, in, or to that relatively distant place; over there
being at a distance, either within view or as if within view: yonder valleys
Word Origin
C13: from Old English geond yond; related to Old Saxon jendra, Old High German jenēr, Gothic jaind
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Word Origin and History for yonder

c.1300, from Old English geond (see yond) + comp. suffix -er (2). Now replaced except in poetic usage by ungrammatical that.


Old English geond (adv., prep.) "beyond, yonder," related to geon (see yon).

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Slang definitions & phrases for yonder



A rural person; a bumpkin; hayseed, hick

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[1812+; perhaps fr a dialect name for a woodpecker, hence semantically similar to British dialect gowk, ''cuckoo, simpleton'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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