Etymology
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hither (adv.)

Old English hider, from Proto-Germanic *hithra- (source also of Old Norse heðra "here," Gothic hidre "hither"), from PIE *kitro-, suffixed variant form of root *ko-, the stem of demonstrative pronoun meaning "this" (compare here). Spelling change from -d- to -th- is the same evolution seen in father, etc. Relation to here is the same as that of thither to there.

updated on December 16, 2017

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Definitions of hither from WordNet

hither (adv.)
to this place (especially toward the speaker);
Synonyms: here
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