Meaning of hither in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɪðə/

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archaic, literary
  • To or towards this place.

    ‘I little knew then that such calamity would summon me hither!’
    • ‘She says, ‘Come hither’, but when I get hither she is yon.’
    • ‘A disinterested electorate is easily led hither or yon’
    • ‘She tossed her mane a bit hither and then a bit yonder.’
    • ‘The driver came hither with the remains of his carriage, which had been upset when the horses ran away.’
    • ‘For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.’
    at this place, in this place, at this spot, in this spot, at this location, in this location
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  • Situated on this side.

    ‘the hither side of Severn’
    • ‘Once in the house of custom, on the hither side of the cutting edge, as it were, the scene appears upside down, turned on its head.’
    • ‘In her second appearance, on ‘the hither bank,’ the woman is ‘to all important’ a critique often directed at Marsden by her detractors and by Joyce's contemporaries.’


    hither and thither
    archaic, literary
    • In various directions, especially in a disorganized way.

      ‘the entire household ran hither and thither’
      • ‘The plot twists hither and yon, but there isn't the smallest real tension hanging on this stylised arrangement.’
      • ‘Second, I've been out just about every day since the sales started coming in, posting items off hither and yon.’
      • ‘They had been aimlessly shining their torches hither and yon for an hour, when Manny unleashed his galling swan song.’
      • ‘Dirty clothes were strewn hither and yon, along with crumpled paper balls.’
      • ‘I have literally dozens of the things scattered hither and yon on the bench but the one I need never seems to be there.’


Old English hider, of Germanic origin; related to he and here.