Hither and thither are two adverbs of direction that often appear together and have a similar meaning. They indicate movement in a general direction, usually indicating that the person or thing is moving in a scattered or random manner.
The word 'hither' comes from the Middle English word ‘hider’, which is derived from the Old English word ‘hider’. It means 'to this place', and is used to describe movement towards the speaker, or something nearer to the speaker. The word 'thither' also comes from the Middle English language and is derived from the Old English word 'thider'. It means 'to that place', and is used to describe movement away from the speaker, or something farther away from them. When used together, they indicate an erratic movement, where a person or thing moves back and forth between two places. For example, “He paced hither and thither across the room nervously.” This sentence implies that he moved back and forth in an anxious manner throughout the room. The terms can also be used separately to mean “here” (hither) or “there” (thither). For example, when someone points to a location far away and says "it's over thither", they are indicating their location with the adverb thither. Similarly, if someone says "come hither" they are asking someone to come closer to them with the use of the adverb hither. Hither and thither are adverbs of direction but they can also be used as adjectives when describing something as scattered or random in nature: "the clouds were hither and thither across the sky." Here, the clouds are being described as moving around erratically in different directions across the sky. In summary, hither means ‘to this place’ while thither means ‘to that place’; together they describe erratic movement between two places; on their own they denote here (hither) or there (thither); and lastly when used as adjectives they signify something scattered or random in nature.
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