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[bih-twikst] /bɪˈtwɪkst/
preposition, adverb
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. between.
betwixt and between, neither the one nor the other; in a middle or unresolved position:
Not wanting to side with either her father or her mother, she was betwixt and between.
Origin of betwixt
before 950; Middle English betwix, Old English betwix, betweox, equivalent to be- be- + tweox, cognate with Old High German zwiski two each; akin to German zwischen between (preposition) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for betwixt
Historical Examples
  • I disremember just how fur that last stop is from the Crick, but I think it's betwixt 25 and 30 mile.

  • Why should a couetous man be called poore, what affinitie is betwixt them twoo?

  • “There is all the difference that is betwixt Heaven and earth,” answered Mr Tremayne.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • “There is no manner of likeness, Blanche, betwixt this creature and Don John,” she urged.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Then, what bond is there betwixt thee and this lad's brother Jacques?

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin
  • As for thy service, I will think of that betwixt now and the day I see you again.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • "I'll see you hanged for this," said Raikes, betwixt his teeth.

  • It's 'you tickle me an' I tickle you' betwixt him an' de ol' Scratch.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • But betwixt the buying the gowns and the more of it lie many things.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • So, so; neither agreeable nor disagreeable, but just betwixt and between!

    Fruits of Culture Leo Tolstoy
British Dictionary definitions for betwixt


preposition, adverb
(archaic) another word for between
betwixt and between, in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position
Word Origin
Old English betwix; related to Old High German zwiski two each
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Word Origin and History for betwixt
prep., adv.

Old English betweox "between, among, amidst, meanwhile," from bi- "by" (see be-) + tweox "for two," from Proto-Germanic *twa "two" + *-isk "-ish." With parasitic -t that first appeared in Old English and became general after c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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