hither and thither



hither and thither (not comparable)

  1. (rare, now literary) To here and to there, in a reciprocating manner.
  2. (figurative) In a disorderly manner.
    • 1895 October 1, Stephen Crane, chapter 12, in The Red Badge of Courage, 1st US edition, New York: D. Appleton and Company, page 119:
      Presently, men were running hither and thither in all ways.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter V:
      It was fortunate that I was not holding a tea cup as she spoke, for hearing Sir Roderick thus addressed I gave another of my sudden starts and, had I had such a cup in my hand, must have strewn its contents hither and thither like a sower going forth sowing. As it was, I merely sent a cucumber sandwich flying through the air.