tither (plural tithers)
- One who collects tithes.
- One who pays tithes.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for tither in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
From Old French tirer (“to draw, pull out with great effort, snatch violently, tear away”), of uncertain origin; possibly from Gothic *𐍄𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 (*tiran, “to tear away, remove”), from Proto-Germanic *teraną (“to tear, tear apart”), from Proto-Indo-European *derə- (“to tear, tear apart”). If derived from the Germanic word, cognate with Gothic 𐌳𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 (distairan, “to tear apart”), 𐌲𐌰𐍄𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽 (gatairan, “to tear down, remove”), German zerren (“to tug”). Alternatively from a reduction of Old French martirier, from Late Latin *martyrāre.
tither (gerund tith'thie)
- pousser (“to push”)