- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɪðɚ/; enPR: wĭthʹər
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɪðə/
- (in accents without the wine-whine merger) IPA(key): /ˈʍɪðɚ/, /ˈʍɪðə/
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- Rhymes: -ɪðə(ɹ)
- Homophone: wither (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
Etymology 1 Edit
whither (not comparable)
- (archaic, formal, poetic or literary) To what place.
- 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Penguin Red Classics, paperback edition, page 24
- And with the same grave countenance he hurried through his breakfast and drove to the police station, whither the body had been carried.
- 1918, Willa Cather, My Antonia, Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 8
- The wagon jolted on, carrying me I knew not whither.
- (informal, humorous) Into what future state; where next.
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to which place
Etymology 2 Edit