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hĕri or hĕre (in here neque e plane neque i auditur, Quint. 1, 4, 7:
I.here nunc e littera terminamus: at veterum comicorum adhuc libris invenio: Heri ad me venit, quod idem in epistulis Augusti, quas sua manu scripsit aut emendavit, deprehenditur,id. 1, 7, 22; cf. Charis. p. 180 P.; Prisc. p. 1011 ib.; v. esp. Neue, Formenl. 2, p. 685), adv. for hesi; cf. hes in hesternus; v. the letter R; kindred with Sanscr. hyas; Goth. gis-tra; Germ. gestern; Engl. yesterday; Gr. χθές, orig. χες, yesterday.
I. Lit.
(α). Form heri (perh. only so in Cic.): Septembris heri Calendae, hodie ater dies, Afran. ap. Non. 73, 33; cf.: “hoc heri effecit: hodie autem, etc.,Cic. Att. 10, 13, 1 (al. here): “ubi est hodie, quae Lyra fulsit heri?Ov. F. 2, 76: “heri jam edixeram omnibus,Plaut. Ps. 1, 2, 15: “quemne ego heri vidi ad vos afferri vesperi?Ter. And. 4, 4, 29: “heri vesperi apud me Hirtius fuit,Cic. Fam. 11, 1, 1: “heri vesperi,id. Att. 13, 47, 2; 15, 11, 4: “ut heri dicebam,id. Rep. 3, 31 fin.; cf.: “cum heri ipsi dixeris, te, etc.,id. ib. 3, 21: “heri,Ter. And. 1, 1, 58; id. Eun. 1, 2, 3; 89; id. Heaut. 3, 2, 8; id. Hec. 1, 2, 115; id. Phorm. 1, 1, 2; Afran. ap. Charis. p. 180 et saep.—
(β). Form here (a few times in Plaut., once in Cic., and after the Aug. per. most freq.): “hoc here effecit,Cic. Att. 10, 13, 1: “res hodie minor est, here quam fuit, ac eadem cras, etc.,Juv. 3, 23: “here venisti mediā nocte,Plaut. Am. 1, 3, 16; id. Truc. 2, 6, 28; id. Mil. 1, 1, 59: “mihi quaerenti convivam dictus here illic De medio potare die,Hor. S. 2, 8, 2: “hic here Phrixeae vellera pressit ovis,Ov. F. 3, 852: dura, anime, dura, here fortior fuisti, Gallio ap. Quint. 9, 2, 91; Mart. 1, 44, 2; 3, 12, 2; 4, 7, 5.—
II. Transf., of time just past, a short time ago, lately (very rare): “Papias leges heri Severus exclusit,Tert. Apol. 4; Dig. 47, 10, 7, § 2: sordebant tibi villicae, Concubine, hodie atque heri, Nunc, etc., but a short time ago, the other day (an imitation of the Gr. χθὲς καὶ πρώην), Cat. 61, 133; Prop. 3, 15, 1.
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