here (adv.)

Old English her "in this place, where one puts himself; at this time, toward this place," from Proto-Germanic pronominal stem *hi- (from PIE *ki- "this;" see he) + adverbial suffix -r. Cognate with Old Saxon her, Old Norse, Gothic her, Swedish här, Middle Dutch, Dutch hier, Old High German hiar, German hier.

As the answer to a call, in Old English. Right here "on the spot" is from c. 1200. Here and there "in various places" is from c. 1300. Phrase here today and gone tomorrow first recorded 1680s in writings of Aphra Behn. Here's to _____ as a toast is from 1590s, probably short for here's health to _____. Emphatic this here (adv.) is attested from mid-15c.; colloquially, this here as an adjective is attested from 1762. To be neither here nor there "of no consequence" is attested from 1580s. Here we go again as a sort of verbal rolling of the eyes is attested from 1950.

As a noun, "this place, the present" from c. 1600. Noun phrase here-and-now "this present life" is from 1829.

updated on December 07, 2018

Definitions of here from WordNet
here (adv.)
in or at this place; where the speaker or writer is;
radio waves received here on Earth
turn here
I work here
here (adv.)
in this circumstance or respect or on this point or detail;
here I must disagree
what do we have here?
here (adv.)
to this place (especially toward the speaker);
come here, please
Synonyms: hither
here (adv.)
at this time; now;
we'll adjourn here for lunch and discuss the remaining issues this afternoon
here (n.)
the present location; this place;
here (adj.)
being here now;
is everyone here?
Here (n.)
queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with; identified with Roman Juno;
Synonyms: Hera
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