What does hither mean?

Definitions for hither
ˈhɪð ərhith·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. here, hitheradverb

    to this place (especially toward the speaker)

    "come here, please"


  1. hitheradverb

    To this place, to here.

    He went hither and thither.

  2. hitheradverb

    here to

  3. hitheradverb

    over here

  4. hitheradjective

    On this side; the nearer.

  5. Etymology: hider. Cognate with Latin citer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hitheradjective

    superl. hithermost. Nearer; towards this part.

    After these,
    But on the hither side, a different sort,
    From the high neighb’ring hills descended. John Milton, P. Lost.

    An eternal duration may be shorter or longer upon the hither end thereof, namely, that extreme wherein it is finite. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

  2. HITHERadverb

    Etymology: hiðer, Saxon.

    Cæsar, tempted with the fame
    Of this sweet island, never conquered,
    And envying the Britons blazed name,
    O hideous hunger of dominion, hither came. Fairy Queen.

    Men must endure
    Their going hence, even as their coming hither. William Shakespeare.

    Who brought me hither
    Will bring me hence, no other guide I seek. Parad. Reg.

    Hereupon dependeth whatsoever difference there is between the states of saints in glory; hither we refer whatsoever belongeth unto the highest perfection of man, by way of service towards God. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 8.

    Hither belong all those texts, which require of us that we should not walk after the flesh, but after the spirit. John Tillotson.


  1. hither

    A fossil word is a word that is broadly obsolete but remains in current use due to its presence within an idiom, word sense, or phrase. An example for a word sense is 'navy' in 'merchant navy', which means 'commercial fleet' (although that sense of navy is obsolete elsewhere). An example for a phrase is 'in point' (relevant), which is retained in the larger phrases 'case in point' (also 'case on point' in the legal context) and 'in point of fact', but is rarely used outside of a legal context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hitheradverb

    to this place; -- used with verbs signifying motion, and implying motion toward the speaker; correlate of hence and thither; as, to come or bring hither

  2. Hitheradverb

    to this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; -- in a sense not physical

  3. Hitheradjective

    being on the side next or toward the person speaking; nearer; -- correlate of thither and farther; as, on the hither side of a hill

  4. Hitheradjective

    applied to time: On the hither side of, younger than; of fewer years than

  5. Etymology: [OE. hider, AS. hider; akin to Icel. hra, Dan. hid, Sw. hit, Goth. hidr; cf. L. citra on this side, or E. here, he. 183. Cf. He.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hither

    hith′ėr, adv. to this place.—adj. toward the speaker: nearer.—v.i. to come—chiefly in phrase, 'to hither and thither'=to go to and fro.—adj. Hith′ermost, nearest on this side.—n. and adj. Hith′erside, the nearer side.—advs. Hith′erto, to this place or time: as yet; Hith′erward, towards this place.—Hither and thither, back and forward: to and from. [A.S. hider; Goth. hidrê, Ice. hêðra.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hither in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hither in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hither in a Sentence

  1. Alexander Pope:

    Hither the heroes and nymphs resort,To taste awhile the pleasures of a courtIn various talk th'instuctive hours they past,Who gave the ball, or paid the visit lastOne speaks the glory of the British Queen,And one describes a charming Indian screenlA third interprets motions, looks and eyesAt every word a reputation dies.

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    We run hither thither fine tuning different aspects of life and spread ourselves thin. Fine tune with your inner being, the source of all and you will fine tune in entirety. Let total tuning be instantised, shut your eyes, breathe and get MickeyMized.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    He [King George III] has erected a multitude of New Offices and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

  4. Michel de Montaigne:

    So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.

  5. Thomas Paine:

    This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.

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