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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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  • Ye're no a match for my leddy, but I s' be atween ye and her.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • "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
  • "I shall be atween you and the Injuns all the time, boy," said he.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • "Tain't far, Cap, atween one and the other," was his answer.

    Buckskin Mose Buckskin Mose
  • I'm glad, right heartily glad that 'tis all off atween Gilbert an' Dolly.

    The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
  • An' then they'll get to fightin' atween theirselves, and split here an' there.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg Amanda M. Douglas
  • When tis finished, no more discussion will there be atween us.

  • atween the kitchen and the ha, There he loot his cloutie cloak fa.

  • Once I got atween the stick and the rocks and she was a-coming for me.

    Ande Trembath

    Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • 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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