thither

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English thider, from Old English þider, an alteration (probably by analogy with hider (hither)) of earlier þæder (to there), from Proto-Germanic *þadrê.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈðɪðəɹ/, /ˈθɪðəɹ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪðə(r)

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thither (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly literary or law, dated) To that place.
    • Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither
    • 1661, Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist, page 9:
      [] Eleutherius, who thinking himself concern'd, because he brought me thither []
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 280:
      But the road left the river again; there were certainly twistings and turnings, as the old woman had said, for at one moment it wound hither and the next thither, and at some places it was almost imperceptible.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 12, The Cyclops:
      And there rises a shining palace whose crystal glittering roof is seen by mariners who traverse the extensive sea in barks built expressly for that purpose, and thither come all herds and fatlings and firstfruits of that land for O'Connell Fitzsimon takes toll of them, a chieftain descended from chieftains.
  2. (dated) To that point, end, or result.
    The argument tended thither.

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thither (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) The farther, the other and more distant.
    the thither side of life, that is to say, afterlife

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here there where
hither thither whither
hence thence whence