Meaning of whither in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪðə/

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interrogative adverb

archaic, literary
  • 1To what place or state.

    ‘whither are we bound?’
    • ‘they asked people whither they would emigrate’
    • ‘They will see that they have laboured for the wind, when, at death, they find the profit of their labour is all gone like the wind, they know not whither.’
    • ‘For it is the truth of my heart, dearest Lady, that thou hast inspired in me that which I had thought long lost, and whither it had scarpered I wot not.’
    • ‘The reason was a quote of OC's that I had come across: ‘No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.’’
    • ‘Thomas saith unto Him, Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?’
    • ‘When they emerge from it, I believe, they will have to give some serious thought to what their country is and whither it is heading.’
    1. 1.1What is the likely future of.
      ‘whither modern architecture?’
      • ‘But for some reason, organic strawberries seem to have stronger hulls than regular pesticide-covered ones, and now my only question is: whither a strawberry huller?’
      • ‘And that brings me to my next question: whither blogs?’
      • ‘But without Trio Angulaire, whither the French / Québécois dialogue?’
      • ‘It is with such knowledge in mind that famous practitioners of the historical novel, such as AS Byatt, have asked lately, whither the historical novel now?’
      • ‘Time then to ask the pertinent question - whither this development?’

relative adverb

archaic, literary
  • 1To which (with reference to a place)

    ‘the barbecue had been set up by the lake, whither Matthew and Sara were conducted’
    • ‘One finds oneself walking mechanically to the tower of Belvedere Castle whither all other park visitors have gravitated like the ghouls in ‘Night of the Living Dead.’’
    • ‘At least Kaisa has his address in Oslo, whither she flies, dressed in a smart black business suit, and promptly rents a flashy new car with which to impress Tomas (claiming it as her own).’
    • ‘In 1831-2 Charlotte was at Miss Wooler's school at Roe Head, whither she returned as a teacher in 1835-8, and where she met her two close friends, Ellen Nussey and Mary Taylor.’
    • ‘That the opera's third act, with its customs office, had to be relocated to the Franco-Belgian border, whither the tubercular and penniless Mimi could hardly have dragged herself, is the least of its problems.’
    • ‘Away from the Diplomacy board, France is my favourite country - the best, most beautiful and most civilized country in the world, whither I shall undoubtedly be forced to flee when life in England finally becomes unbearable.’
    1. 1.1To whatever place; wherever.
      ‘we could drive whither we pleased’
      • ‘Why should anybody bother to read a centuries-old ‘experimental’ novel, in which the sentences wander whither they will?’
      • ‘The steady click, click, click of things falling into place became a flow and I went whither it would lead.’
      • ‘But if we thought we were going to wander whither we pleased we were soon disillusioned.’


Old English hwider, from the Germanic base of which; compare with hither and thither.