Etymology
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farther (adj.)

late 14c., "front;" variant of further (adj.). From 1510s as "additional;" 1560s as "more remote."

farther (adv.)

15c. alteration of Middle English ferther (c. 1300), a variant of further (adv.). There is no historical basis for the notion that farther is of physical distance and further of degree or quality.

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Definitions of farther
1
farther (adv.)
to or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage (`further' is used more often than `farther' in this abstract sense);
the application of the law was extended farther
he is going no farther in his studies
Synonyms: further
farther (adv.)
to or at a greater distance in time or space (`farther' is used more frequently than `further' in this physical sense);
moved farther away
the practice may go back still farther to the Druids
farther north
farther down the corridor
Synonyms: further
2
farther (adj.)
more distant in especially space or time;
they live in the farther house
farther (adj.)
more distant in especially degree;
farther from our expectations
farther from the truth
Synonyms: further
From wordnet.princeton.edu