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

  • adv. To or toward this place: Come hither.
  • adj. Located on the near side.
  • idiom thither In or to many places; here and there: looked hither and thither for the ring; ran hither and yon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. To this place, to here.
  • adv. here to
  • adv. over here
  • adj. On this side; the nearer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being on the side next or toward the person speaking; nearer; -- correlate of thither and farther.
  • adj. Applied to time: On the hither side of, younger than; of fewer years than.
  • adv. To this place; -- used with verbs signifying motion, and implying motion toward the speaker; correlate of hence and thither.
  • adv. To this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; -- in a sense not physical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To this place: used with verbs signifying motion: as, to come hither; to bring hither.
  • To this time; up to the present time.
  • To this point; to this end; to this argument or conclusion.
  • On the side or in the direction of the person speaking; near: correlative of further: as, on the hither side of a hill.
  • To come hither.

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

  • adv. to this place (especially toward the speaker)


Middle English, from Old English hider; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hider. Cognate with Latin citer. (Wiktionary)



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