Definition of hithe in English:


(also hythe)


  • often in place names A landing place or small port for ships or boats.

    • ‘Fourteen foreign ships, laden with fish, arrived at Billingsgate, which ships should have arrived at the said Hithe.’
    • ‘There was a line of hithes in Cambridge between Magdalene Bridge and the Newnham Mill Pool.’
    • ‘It was in the neighbourhood of the hithe where garlic was sold for the use of the inhabitants of London.’
    • ‘I forbid any boat to ply at any hithe of Cambridgeshire.’
    • ‘When the hithe fell into the hands of King Stephen, he bestowed it on William de Ypres.’
    harbour, dock, docks, haven, mooring, jetty, pier, marina
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Old English hȳþ, of unknown origin.