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[uh-tween] /əˈtwin/
preposition, adverb, Dialect.
Origin of atween
1350-1400; Middle English atwen, probably on the model of other synonymous pairs, as afore, before, etc.; see a-1, between Unabridged
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  • Ef I was to see too much of you atween now and our wedding, no promise that ever was would bind me.

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
  • "I shall be atween you and the Injuns all the time, boy," said he.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • There wasna such a difference, she said, atween life and death as folk were ready to think.

  • "If I could no'but get a blink frae the cannel, I'd see what's atween them," thought Gubblum.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • It's confidence, Olly, confidence, ez these sort o' things allus is—atween you and me.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • atween the kitchen and the ha, There he loot his cloutie cloak fa.

  • And atween you and me, Abednego, that's more than the soft-horned British will ever see from all our States.

    The Attache Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  • Once I got atween the stick and the rocks and she was a-coming for me.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • But Grettir said that he had no words to make atwixt and atween of his going thence.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • You have no call to be fretted, honey, with this atween you and mischief.

    A Girl of the People L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for atween


an archaic or Scot word for between
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for atween

c.1400, from a- (1) + tween.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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