from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb To, from, or at a considerable distance.
  • adverb To, from, or at a much earlier or later time.
  • adverb To a considerable degree; much.
  • adverb To an advanced point or stage.
  • adjective Being at considerable distance; remote.
  • adjective Going back a considerable extent in time.
  • adjective More distant than another.
  • adjective Extensive or lengthy.
  • adjective Far-seeing and comprehensive in thought or outlook.
  • adjective Marked by political views of the most advanced or extreme nature.
  • adjective Being on the right side of an animal or a vehicle.
  • adjective Being the animal or vehicle on the right.
  • idiom (by far) To the most extreme or evident degree.
  • idiom (far and away) By a great margin.
  • idiom (far and wide) Everywhere.
  • idiom (far be it from (someone)) Used to deflect responsibility for making a statement that might not be received well.
  • idiom (far cry) A long way.
  • idiom (far cry) Something that is very different from something else.
  • idiom (far from) Not at all; anything but.
  • idiom (far gone) In an advanced state of a process, especially an undesirable state that is beyond improvement or reversal.
  • idiom Slang (far out) Used to express amazement or approval.
  • idiom (how far) To what degree, distance, or extent.
  • idiom (so far) Up to the present moment.
  • idiom (so far) To a limited extent.
  • idiom (thus far) Up to this point; so far.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of farriery
  • noun of farthing.
  • . At or by a great distance; so as to be remote, or at a distant or advanced point, in place, time, progress, etc.: as, how far (by how great a distance) away is it! it is far (or not far) off; he is far along on his journey or in his studies.
  • . To a great distance or extent; so as to attain or extend to a distant or advanced point; for, over, or through a long way: as, how far (to how great a distance) did you go to travel far; to look far into the future; far-reaching designs.
  • . By a long interval or a great distance; so as to be widely separated: as, their paths lay far apart; he is far removed from want.
  • . From a great distance; from afar: as in the compound far-fetched (which see).-
  • . At a great remove; a long way; very remote: used elliptically with reference to space, time, degree, scope, purpose, desire, etc.: as, it is far (distant or away) from here; people both far (off) and near (by or at hand); he was far (away) from the attainment of his object.
  • . To or by a great degree; in a great proportion; by many degrees; very much; largely; widely: as, far better; far worse; far other; far different.
  • Long; a long time.
  • . Situated or being at a great distance in space or time; distant; remote; far off or away: as, a far place; the far future.
  • . Extending to a great distance; prolonged or reaching to a distant point; protracted; long: as, far sight; a far look ahead.
  • Remote in degree or relation; distantly connected.
  • More distant of the two: as, the far side of a horse (that is, the right or off side, as the rider always mounts on the left): sometimes used in place-names: as, Far Rockaway.
  • noun A type of spelt now out of notice.
  • To remove far distant; banish.
  • noun The young of swine, or a litter of pigs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb To a great extent or distance of space; widely.
  • adverb To a great distance in time from any point; remotely.
  • adverb In great part.
  • adverb In a great proportion; by many degrees; very much; deeply; greatly.
  • adverb to the extent, or degree, that. See As far as, under As.
  • adverb Distant in sympathy or affection; alienated.
  • adverb different by a great degree; not the same; quite unlike.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English feor; see per in Indo-European roots.]

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Old English feor. Cognate with Middle Low German vere.


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