Definition of hither in English:



archaic, literary
  • To or towards this place.

    ‘I little knew then that such calamity would summon me hither!’
    • ‘A disinterested electorate is easily led hither or yon’
    • ‘She tossed her mane a bit hither and then a bit yonder.’
    • ‘For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.’
    • ‘The driver came hither with the remains of his carriage, which had been upset when the horses ran away.’
    • ‘She says, ‘Come hither’, but when I get hither she is yon.’
    at this place, in this place, at this spot, in this spot, at this location, in this location
    here, to this place, to this spot, to this location, to here, over here, near, nearer, close, closer
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  • Situated on this side.

    ‘the hither side of Severn’
    • ‘In her second appearance, on ‘the hither bank,’ the woman is ‘to all important’ a critique often directed at Marsden by her detractors and by Joyce's contemporaries.’
    • ‘Once in the house of custom, on the hither side of the cutting edge, as it were, the scene appears upside down, turned on its head.’


  • hither and thither (also hither and yon)

    • In various directions, especially in a disorganized way.

      ‘the entire household ran hither and thither’
      • ‘Second, I've been out just about every day since the sales started coming in, posting items off hither and yon.’
      • ‘Dirty clothes were strewn hither and yon, along with crumpled paper balls.’
      • ‘I have literally dozens of the things scattered hither and yon on the bench but the one I need never seems to be there.’
      • ‘They had been aimlessly shining their torches hither and yon for an hour, when Manny unleashed his galling swan song.’
      • ‘The plot twists hither and yon, but there isn't the smallest real tension hanging on this stylised arrangement.’
      in various places, in different places, hither and thither, at random
      from place to place, around, about, to and fro, hither and thither, back and forth, in all directions, from pillar to post
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Old English hider, of Germanic origin; related to he and here.