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hith·er

 (hĭth′ər)
adv.
To or toward this place: Come hither.
adj.
Located on the near side.
Idiom:
hither and thither/yon
In or to many places; here and there: looked hither and thither for the ring; ran hither and yon.

[Middle English, from Old English hider; see ko- in Indo-European roots.]
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hither

(ˈhɪðə)
adv
1. to or towards this place (esp in the phrase come hither). Also (archaic): hitherward or hitherwards
2. hither and thither this way and that, as in a state of confusion
adj
archaic or dialect (of a side or part, esp of a hill or valley) nearer; closer
[Old English hider; related to Old Norse hethra here, Gothic hidrē, Latin citrā on this side, citrō]
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hith•er

(ˈhɪð ər)

adv.
1. to or toward this place: to come hither.
adj.
2. being on this or the closer side; nearer: the hither side of the meadow.
Idioms:
1. hither and thither, here and there.
2. hither and yon, from here to a place at some distance; in many places.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English hider, c. Old Norse hethra, Gothic hidre, Latin citer]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.hither - to this place (especially toward the speaker); "come here, please"
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hither

adverb (Old-fashioned) here, over here, to this place, close, closer, near, nearer, nigh (archaic) I came hither to tell you the news.
hither and thither this way and that, back and forth, hither and yon Refugees ran hither and thither in search of safety.
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Translations
إلى هُنا
sem
herhen
tänne
ide
hingaðhingaî
huc
čionaiį visas pusesiki šiol
šurp
buraya

hither

(archaic) [ˈhɪðəʳ] ADVacá
hither and thitheracá y acullá
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hither

[ˈhɪðər] adv
hither and thither, hither and yon (US)ici et là
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hither

adv
(old, = to this place) → hierher ? also come-hither
hither and thither (liter: = to and fro) → hierhin und dorthin
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hither

[ˈhɪðəʳ] adv (old) → qui, qua
hither and thither (liter) → qua e là
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hither

(ˈhiðə) adverb
to this place.
ˌhitherˈto adverb
up to this time. Hitherto, this information has been kept secret.
hither and thither
in various directions. People were running hither and thither.
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References in classic literature ?
Death seems the only desirable sequel for a career like this; but Death is only a launching into the region of the strange Untried; it is but the first salutation to the possibilities of the immense Remote, the Wild, the Watery, the Unshored; therefore, to the death-longing eyes of such men, who still have left in them some interior compunctions against suicide, does the all-contributed and all-receptive ocean alluringly spread forth his whole plain of unimaginable, taking terrors, and wonderful, new-life adventures; and from the hearts of infinite Pacifics, the thousand mermaids sing to them -- Come hither, broken-hearted; here is another life without the guilt of intermediate death; here are wonders supernatural, without dying for them.
Why, then, had he come hither? Was it but the mockery of penitence?
Come up hither, I pray you, and pass a pleasant hour with me!"
``Pax vobiscum,'' answered the Jester, ``I am a poor brother of the Order of St Francis, who come hither to do my office to certain unhappy prisoners now secured within this castle.''
``Thou art a bold friar,'' said the warder, ``to come hither, where, saving our own drunken confessor, a cock of thy feather hath not crowed these twenty years.''
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.
Wherefore have we come hither to set up our own tombstones in a wilderness?
I tell ye, fellow-exiles, that Charles of England, and Laud, our bitterest persecutor, arch-priest of Canterbury, are resolute to pursue us even hither. They are taking counsel, saith this letter, to send over a governor-general, in whose breast shall be deposited all the law and equity of the land.
Mimes, in the form of God on high, Mutter and mumble low, And hither and thither fly - Mere puppets they, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things That shift the scenery to and fro, Flapping from out their Condor wings Invisible Wo !
Faire Angel, thy desire which tends to know The works of God, thereby to glorifie The great Work-Maister, leads to no excess That reaches blame, but rather merits praise The more it seems excess, that led thee hither From thy Empyreal Mansion thus alone, To witness with thine eyes what some perhaps Contented with report heare onely in heav'n: For wonderful indeed are all his works, Pleasant to know, and worthiest to be all Had in remembrance alwayes with delight; But what created mind can comprehend Thir number, or the wisdom infinite That brought them forth, but hid thir causes deep.
OEDIPUS Nay, worthy seniors, but for Theseus' sake Who sent him hither to have word of me.