farther


farther
farther c.1300, variant of FURTHER (Cf. further) (q.v.), by 17c. it replaced ferrer as comparative of the descendant of O.E. fierr "far" (itself a comparative but no longer felt as one). Vowel change influenced by the root vowel, and confusion with M.E. ferþeren "to assist, promote, advance" (see FORTH (Cf. forth)). There is no historical basis for the notion that farther is of physical distance and further of degree or quality.

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  • farther — farther, further 1. general. Further is the older form, being recorded in Old English and probably related to our word forth, while farther is a Middle English variant of further; from this stage the two words came to be used as the comparative… …   Modern English usage

  • farther — farther, further are often used without distinction though originally different words, farther being the comparative of far and further, in its adverbial form (as an adjective, it is without a positive), being the comparative of fore or forth. At …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Farther — Far ther, adv. 1. At or to a greater distance; more remotely; beyond; as, let us rest with what we have, without looking farther. [1913 Webster] 2. Moreover; by way of progress in treating a subject; as, farther, let us consider the probable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Farther — Far ther (f[aum]r [th][ e]r), a., compar. of {Far}. [superl. {Farthest} ( [th][e^]st). See {Further}.] [For farrer, OE. ferrer, compar. of far; confused with further. Cf. {Farthest}.] 1. More remote; more distant than something else. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farther in — farther out; farther in Used in the context of options to refer to the relative length of option contract maturities ( maturity). Bloomberg Financial Dictionary …   Financial and business terms

  • farther — [fär′thər] adj. [ME ferther, var. of further, substituted for regular ferrer (compar. of fer) < OE fyrre, compar. of feorr, FAR] 1. compar. of FAR 2. more distant or remote 3. additional; further adv. 1. compar. of …   English World dictionary

  • Farther — Far ther, v. t. To help onward. [R.] See {Further}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • farther — [adv] at a greater distance beyond, further, longer, more distant, more remote, remoter, yon, yonder; concepts 586,778 Ant. closer, nearer …   New thesaurus

  • farther — 1 adverb 1 a greater distance than before or than something else; further: We d better not go any farther today. | farther away/apart etc: The boats were drifting farther and farther apart. | He heard a voice farther down the track. | farther… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • farther — far|ther1 [ˈfa:ðə US ˈfa:rðər ] adv 1.) a greater distance than before or than something else; a ↑comparative form of far = ↑further ▪ We decided not to go any farther. farther away/apart/down/along etc ▪ The boats were drifting farther and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English