from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. To, from, or at considerable distance: a cat that had strayed far from home.
  • adv. To or at a specific distance, degree, or position: Just how far are you taking this argument?
  • adv. To a considerable degree; much: felt far better yesterday; eyes that seemed far too close together.
  • adv. Not at all; anything but: seems far from content; a test of strength that was far from a failure.
  • adv. To an advanced point or stage: a brilliant student who will go far.
  • adj. Being at considerable distance; remote: a far country.
  • adj. Going back a considerable extent in time: the far past.
  • adj. More distant than another: the far corner.
  • adj. Extensive or lengthy: a far trek.
  • adj. Far-seeing and comprehensive in thought or outlook: a commander of far vision.
  • adj. Marked by political views of the most advanced or extreme nature: the far right; the far left.
  • adj. Being on the right side of an animal or a vehicle.
  • adj. Being the animal or vehicle on the right.
  • idiom by far To the most extreme or evident degree: She is by far the best executive in the company.
  • idiom far and away By a great margin: "That made him, far and away, the best known of the Democrats who started the presidential race this year” ( Tom Wicker).
  • idiom far and wide Everywhere: looked far and wide for the lost puppy.
  • idiom far cry A long way: The climate in Alaska is a far cry from that of Florida.
  • idiom how far To what degree, distance, or extent: didn't know how far to believe them; tried to decide how far she could ski in such cold.
  • idiom so far Up to the present moment: So far there's been no word from them.
  • idiom so far To a limited extent: You can go only so far on five dollars.
  • idiom thus far Up to this point; so far: Our success has been limited thus far.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Remote in space.
  • adj. Remote in time.
  • adj. Long.
  • adj. More remote or longer of two.
  • adj. Extreme.
  • adj. Outside the currently selected segment in a segmented memory architecture.
  • adv. Distant in space, time or degree.
  • adv. To or from a great distance, time, or degree.
  • adv. Very much.
  • n. spelt (type of wheat)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Distant in any direction; not near; remote; mutually separated by a wide space or extent.
  • adj. Remote from purpose; contrary to design or wishes.
  • adj. Remote in affection or obedience; at a distance, morally or spiritually; t enmity with; alienated.
  • adj. Widely different in nature or quality; opposite in character.
  • adj. The more distant of two.
  • adv. To a great extent or distance of space; widely.
  • adv. To a great distance in time from any point; remotely.
  • adv. In great part.
  • adv. In a great proportion; by many degrees; very much; deeply; greatly.
  • n. A young pig, or a litter of pigs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • . At or by a great distance; so as to be remote, or at a distant or advanced point, in place, time, progress, etc.: as, how far (by how great a distance) away is it! it is far (or not far) off; he is far along on his journey or in his studies.
  • . To a great distance or extent; so as to attain or extend to a distant or advanced point; for, over, or through a long way: as, how far (to how great a distance) did you go to travel far; to look far into the future; far-reaching designs.
  • . By a long interval or a great distance; so as to be widely separated: as, their paths lay far apart; he is far removed from want.
  • . From a great distance; from afar: as in the compound far-fetched (which see).-
  • . At a great remove; a long way; very remote: used elliptically with reference to space, time, degree, scope, purpose, desire, etc.: as, it is far (distant or away) from here; people both far (off) and near (by or at hand); he was far (away) from the attainment of his object.
  • . To or by a great degree; in a great proportion; by many degrees; very much; largely; widely: as, far better; far worse; far other; far different.
  • Long; a long time.
  • . Situated or being at a great distance in space or time; distant; remote; far off or away: as, a far place; the far future.
  • . Extending to a great distance; prolonged or reaching to a distant point; protracted; long: as, far sight; a far look ahead.
  • Remote in degree or relation; distantly connected.
  • More distant of the two: as, the far side of a horse (that is, the right or off side, as the rider always mounts on the left): sometimes used in place-names: as, Far Rockaway.
  • To remove far distant; banish.
  • n. The young of swine, or a litter of pigs.
  • n. A type of spelt now out of notice.
  • n. An abbreviation of farriery
  • n. of farthing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to an advanced stage or point
  • adj. beyond a norm in opinion or actions
  • adv. at or to a certain point or degree
  • adv. remote in time
  • adv. at or to or from a great distance in space
  • adv. to a considerable degree; very much
  • adj. being of a considerable distance or length
  • n. a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again
  • adj. located at a great distance in time or space or degree
  • adj. being the animal or vehicle on the right or being on the right side of an animal or vehicle


Middle English, from Old English feor; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English feor. Cognate with Middle Low German vere. (Wiktionary)



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