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betwixt

[bih-twikst]
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preposition, adverb
  1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. between.
Idioms
  1. 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)
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British Dictionary definitions for betwixt and between

betwixt

preposition, adverb
  1. archaic another word for between
  2. 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 and between

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with betwixt and between

betwixt and between

Undecided, midway between two alternatives, neither here nor there. For example, I'm betwixt and between canceling my trip entirely or just postponing it, or Jane is betwixt and between about accepting the offer. The adverb betwixt, originally meaning “by two,” is seldom heard except in this expression, first recorded in 1832.

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