whith·er (wĭthər, hwĭth-) Archaic
To what place, result, or condition: Whither are we wandering?
1. To which specified place or position: landed on the shores whither the storm had tossed them.
2. To whatever place, result, or condition: "Whither thou goest, I will go" (Ruth 1:16).
[Middle English, from Old English hwider; see kwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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