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

  • adv. Yonder.
  • pro. Regional That one or those yonder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Distant, but within sight.
  • adv. Yonder.
  • pro. That one or those over there.
  • abbr. yarn over needle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. At a distance, but within view; yonder.
  • adv. Yonder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • That or those, referring to an object at a distance; yonder: now chiefly poetic.
  • Same as yonder.

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

  • adv. at or in an indicated (usually distant) place (`yon' is archaic and dialectal)
  • adj. distant but within sight (`yon' is dialectal)


Middle English, short for yond, yond; see yond and yonder, yonder; see yonder. Pron., Middle English, from Old English geon; see i- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ġeon (Wiktionary)



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  • "They crawled happily hither and yon, and every now and then he had to redirect one of them before he or she could pull a chair over or bump his/her head on the underside of the Formica table in the kitchen galley."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007

  • yonic does not, however, mean the quality of being yon

    December 3, 2007

  • See hither and thither.

    December 3, 2007