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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
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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 ?
But he is not listening to them, he is there for business; he is not minding the cloak-bearers that come fluttering around to confuse him; he chases this way, he chases that way, and hither and yon, scattering the nimble banderillos in every direction like a spray, and receiving their maddening darts in his neck as they dodge and fly - oh, but it's a lively spectacle, and brings down the house!
Hither, thither, hither and yon, as they used to say in the days back then.
The town centre is a hive of shoppers all purposefully heading hither and yon into the shops and stores, many loaded down with boxes and bags, having spent their hardearned.
Our politicians are torn hither and yon by May's Dodgy Deal and Corbyn's "constructive ambiguity." No Deal will impact most severely upon those areas which voted Leave and could provide a springboard for demagogues.
And will the mad orations lead to grisly chants and an occasional outbreak of medieval superstition, hither and yon? In short, will the same miserable battle that has torn apart large portions of the European left spread to America, not just on a miniature scale (which has already happened), but full blast, with national consequences?
Kolakovic also complained that the international volleyball federation forces Iran to travel hither and yon while other teams have much easier schedules.
Growing up, Kallin moved hither and yon with her family and ended up in Montana, where she attended law school at the University of Montana in Missoula.
These days, with plenty of insanity rising around the globe again, hither and yon, the thoughts of Howard and others like him are worth considering as much as ever.
Danny Devine 6 Stood his ground against threat of Boyce but Caley Thistle defence were pulled hither and yon.
We are better and closer to the truth when we seek to include those voices from the right and the left, from ahead and behind, from hither and yon. Therein, in the common faith and tradition that we hold, we discovered how Catholic we really are.
No date is noted for the first edition; the second includes a new section of refractive surgery, new questions scattered hither and yon to incorporate the few recent changes in the science, and a new synthesis and summary chapter.
About a dozen years ago, huge green signs started popping up in the city, pointing the way hither and yon - to downtown, the airport, the interstate - for motorists, most of whom knew their way around just fine.