hither

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv hither to this place (especially toward the speaker) "come here, please"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hither Applied to time: On the hither side of, younger than; of fewer years than. "And on the hither side, or so she looked,
      Of twenty summers."
      "To the present generation, that is to say, the people a few years on the hither and thither side of thirty, the name of Charles Darwin stands alongside of those of Isaac Newton and Michael Faraday."
    • Hither Being on the side next or toward the person speaking; nearer; -- correlate of thither and farther; as, on the hither side of a hill.
    • Hither To this place; -- used with verbs signifying motion, and implying motion toward the speaker; correlate of hence and thither; as, to come or bring hither .
    • Hither To this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; -- in a sense not physical. "Hither we refer whatsoever belongeth unto the highest perfection of man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hither To this place: used with verbs signifying motion: as, to come hither; to bring hither.
    • hither To this time; up to the present time.
    • hither To this point; to this end; to this argument or conclusion.
    • hither On the side or in the direction of the person speaking; near: correlative of further: as, on the hither side of a hill.
    • hither To come hither.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Hither hith′ėr to this place
    • adj Hither toward the speaker: nearer
    • v.i Hither to come—chiefly in phrase, 'to hither and thither'=to go to and fro
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Men must endure, their going hence even as their coming hither. Ripeness is all.”
  • Rebecca West
    Rebecca%20West
    “There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hider, AS. hider,; akin to Icel. hēðra, Dan. hid, Sw. hit, Goth. hidrē,; cf. L. citra, on this side, or E. here, he,. √183. Cf. He

Usage

In literature:

At the same time, we shall make preparations against any chance of their coming hither.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
But, Mac, come hither, between us shalt thou lie.
"Everyman and Other Old Religious Plays, with an Introduction" by Anonymous
Do not condemn me because I come hither in spite of my conscience and my honor!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
From thence they are now advancing hither, sword in hand, having already passed the middle of the valley.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
None who ever came hither on this quest has returned alive.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 2 (of 3)"
And hither have I come to hear thy answer.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 3 (of 3)"
Before the inventions of modern science, all his countrymen used to flock hither.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Close by him, and still nearer the altar, was laid Hardicanute, the last Danish king, who was brought hither from Lambeth for interment.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester" by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
Provided, I say, thou dost bear hither these, our charming one, thou wilt feast well: for thy Catullus' purse is brimful of cobwebs.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
But come thou hither, Ulysses, and I will be a host indeed to thee.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
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In poetry:

Then hither turn--yon waving grass
And mouldering stones will show ;
For these transactions came to pass
A hundred years ago.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Low in station, low in labour,
Low in all that worldlings prize,
Till the voice say, "Come up hither,"
To a mansion in the skies.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton
"Come hither, child, and say hast thou
This young man ever seen?"
They wept within each other's arms,
The page and young Kathleen.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
List!—on the wave!—what can they be,
Those sounds that hither glide?
No lovers whisper tremulously
Under the ship's round side!
"Far and Near" by George MacDonald
"Come hither! come hither! my little daughter,
And do not tremble so;
For I can weather the roughest gale
That ever wind did blow."
"The Wreck Of The Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
O light-rollèn wind blow me hither,
The väice ov her talkèn,
Or bring vrom her veet the light doust,
She do tread in the Spring.
"In The Spring" by William Barnes

In news:

In-Your-Face Fitness: How to build come-hither biceps .
I've been spending so much time at film festivals hither and yon that it's time to get back to the real world.
Those ads and dozens of come-hithers like them are probably spicing up your hometown paper these days.
The campground at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk is reopening today, as will several other state parks that had been closed in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
John McCain's pick of Gov Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate is a big "come hither " signal to former Clinton supporters to defect to the Republicans.
Longstanding Northeast Ohio post-hardcore masters Reverse the Curse recently relocated to Columbus and are preparing to record the follow-up to debut album "Hither and Yon" with Eric Cronstein at The Tone Shoppe.
Get a come-hither stare with legendary makeup artist Sandy Linter .
Watch the Food Network for more than a couple days, and you'll see it performed by celebrichefs hither and yon.
Some days, I spend hours and hours searching hither and yon for stuff.
I'm not sure how it happened but sometime between hither and tither, I have become a Moose Track ice cream addict.
If not every cloud has a silver lining, some do, as was dramatically proved last Thursday morning when Deidre Quinn, a Montauk landscaper, drove west through Hither Woods.
Though this is perhaps the pouf least come-hither-appealing for feet, Kettal's ZigZag goes well both indoors and out.
Here are some observations from articles hither and yon that I came across over the past few weeks that have some interest (and perhaps application) for FM readers.
Once again, we're in the middle of two sad American cycles: senseless, lethal violence and the slew of specious arguments that inevitably follow, flying hither and yon like, well, bullets that never quite hit the mark.
I don't have children of my own, so I watch as others rush hither and yon to be at this practice or that concert.
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