- The definition of farther is more distant or additional.
An example of the use of farther as an adjective is in the sentence, "The blue house is on the farther side of the street," which means the blue house is not as close as the brown one.
- Farther is defined as to a greater extent or distance.
An example of farther used as an adverb is in the sentence, "The pink coffee mug was placed farther away than the green one," which means that the green coffee mug is closer.
farther definition by Webster's New World
- more distant or remote
- additional; further
Origin: Middle English ferther, variant, variety of further, substituted for regular ferrer (compar. of fer) ; from Old English fyrre, comparative of feorr, far
- at or to a greater distance or more remote point in space or time
- to a greater degree or extent; further
- Archaic in addition; further
farther definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adverb A comparative of far.
- To or at a more distant or remote point: ran farther than the others.
- To or at a more advanced point or stage: I went no farther that day.
- Usage Problem To a greater extent or degree: carried the idea farther.
Origin: Middle English, variant (influenced by far, far) of further; see further.Usage Note: Since the Middle English period many writers have used farther and further interchangeably. According to a relatively recent rule, however, farther should be reserved for physical distance and further for nonphysical, metaphorical advancement. Thus 74 percent of the Usage Panel prefers farther in the sentence If you are planning to drive any farther than Ukiah, you'd better carry chains, and 64 percent prefers further in the sentence We won't be able to answer these questions until we are further along in our research. In many cases, however, the distinction is not easy to draw. If we speak of a statement that is far from the truth, for example, we should also allow the use of farther in a sentence such as Nothing could be farther from the truth. But Nothing could be further from the truth is so well established as to seem a fixed expression.
farther - Computer Definition
- More distant in space or time, particularly where there is a notion of physical distance.
- Erroneously used to mean to a greater extent. See also further.
farther - Phrases/Idioms
Variant of far
- distant in space or time; not near; remote
- extending a long way: a far journey
- more distant: the far side of the room
- very different in quality or nature: far from poor
Origin: Middle English farr, fer (from source dialect, dialectal form fur) ; from Old English feorr, akin to Old High German ferro ; from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, forward, beyond from source Classical Latin per, Classical Greek per
- very distant in space, time, or degree
- to or from a great distance in time or position
- very much; considerably: far better
- to a certain distance or degree: how far did you go?