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

  • adv. At or in this place: Stop here for a rest.
  • adv. At this time; now: We'll adjourn the meeting here and discuss remaining issues after lunch.
  • adv. At or on this point, detail, or item: Here I must disagree.
  • adv. In the present life or condition.
  • adv. To this place; hither: Come here, please.
  • adj. Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun this or these, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective this or these: This tire here is flat.
  • adj. Nonstandard Used for emphasis between the demonstrative adjective this or these and a noun: This here tire is flat.
  • interj. Used to respond to a roll call, attract attention, command an animal, or rebuke, admonish, or concur.
  • n. This place: "It would be difficult from here, with the certainty of armed gunmen inside, to bring him out alive” ( Howard Kaplan).
  • n. The present time or state: We are living in the here and can only speculate about the hereafter.
  • idiom neither here nor there Unimportant and irrelevant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. This place; this location.
  • n. This time, the present situation.
  • adv. In, on, or at this place.
  • adv. To this place; used in place of the more dated hither.
  • adv. In this context.
  • adv. At this point in the argument or narration.
  • adj. filler after a noun or demonstrative pronoun, solely for emphasis
  • adj. filler after a demonstrative pronoun but before the noun it modifies, solely for emphasis
  • interj. used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want.
  • n. An army, host
  • n. A hostile force
  • n. An invading army, either that of the enemy, or the national troops serving abroad. Compare fyrd.
  • n. An enemy, individual enemy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In this place; in the place where the speaker is; -- opposed to there.
  • adv. In the present life or state.
  • adv. To or into this place; hither. [Colloq.] See Thither.
  • adv. At this point of time, or of an argument; now.
  • n. Hair.
  • pro. See her, their.
  • pro. Her; hers. See Her.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the place or region where the person speaking is; on this spot or in this locality.
  • At the point of space or of progress just mentioned or attained; at or in the place or situation now spoken of: as, here we tarried a month; here the speaker paused.
  • At the place or in the situation pointed out, or assumed to be shown or indicated: as, here (in a picture) we see a cottage, and here a tree.
  • At the nearer point, or at the one first indicated: opposed to there.
  • To this place; to the situation or locality where the speaker is.
  • In the present life or state; on earth.
  • A phrase used in calling attention to a toast or wish: as, here′ s a health to you; here′ s luck to you.
  • See he
  • A Middle English form of hear.
  • n. An army; a host; a hostile host.
  • n. Specifically In Anglo-Saxon history, an invading army, either that of the enemy, as the Danish invaders, or the national troops serving abroad. See fyrd.
  • n. An individual enemy.
  • n. A Middle English form of hair.
  • n. A Middle English form of hare.
  • n. See Hera.
  • n. That which is here; the present; this world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the present location; this place
  • adj. being here now
  • adv. in this circumstance or respect or on this point or detail
  • adv. in or at this place; where the speaker or writer is
  • n. queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with; identified with Roman Juno
  • adv. at this time; now
  • adv. to this place (especially toward the speaker)


Middle English, from Old English hēr; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English here, from Old English hēr ("in this place"), from Proto-Germanic *hē₂r, from Proto-Indo-European *ki- (“this”) + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with the English pronoun he. (Wiktionary)
From Old Scots heir, from Middle English here, heere ("army"), from Old English here ("army"), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”), from Proto-Indo-European *kory- (“war, troops”). Cognate with Old Saxon heri ("army"), Dutch heer, heir, Old High German heri, hari (German Heer, "army"), Danish hær ("army"), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐍂𐌾𐌹𐍃 (harjis, "army"). More at harry. (Wiktionary)


  • _theeäzam here, theeäzamy here_, and _thizzam here_ for these, or these here; and sometimes without the pleonastic and unnecessary _here_.

    The Dialect of the West of England; Particularly Somersetshire

  • And we knew there was a market here that was is a water color.

    Despite Cold Weather, Paris Christmas Flea Market is Big Attraction

  • “Something moves, not because at one moment it is here and another there, but because at one and the same moment it is here and not here, because in this ˜here™, it at once is and is not” (1831, p. 440).


  • An alternative, dialetheic account of motion, which takes at face value the aforementioned Hegelian idea that “Something moves, not because at one moment it is here and another there, but because at one and the same moment it is here and not here, because in this ˜here™, it at once is and is not”, is exposed in Priest, 1987, Ch. 12.


  • “You have one here, you have one back here—“ “Oh, I didn’t even know about that, yeah.

    Alive In Truth

  • We might long to go here, "she brought her fist up to her breast, and then raised it to her head --" but there was that _here_ which kept us to the camp and their will.

    The Defiant Agents

  • It is for us, the living, _rather_, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which _they who fought here_ have thus far so nobly advanced.

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here; but it can never forget what _they did here_.

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • A man and a woman HAVE been here (not _has been here_).

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • And now only one of those two years is gone; and -- I am here, _here_, alive only through charity!

    The Genius


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  • "here" in Hungarian means: testicle / drone (male bee)

    August 7, 2012

  • away from you, i hold hands with the air,
    your imagined, untouchable hand. not there,
    your fingers braid with mine as i walk.
    far away in my heart you start to talk.

    i squeeze the air, kicking the auburn leaves,
    everything suddenly gold. i half believe
    your hand is holding mine. the way it would
    if you were here. what do you say

    in my heart? i bend my head to listen, then feel
    your hand reach out and stroke my hair, as real
    as the wind caressing the fretful trees above.
    now i can hear you clearly, speaking of love.

    - c.a.d

    January 26, 2007

  • In bizzaro world, the wee fish leaves YOU!

    January 26, 2007

  • hey zero, how come you change your comments all the time? Are they quotes?

    January 26, 2007