Definition of hither in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪðə


archaic or literary
To or towards this place: I little knew then that such calamity would summon me hither!
More example sentences
  • 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.


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Situated on this side: the hither side of Severn
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  • 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.


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


hither and thither (also hither and yon)

In various directions, especially in a disorganized way: the entire household ran hither and thither
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  • 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.

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