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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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  • If it's betwixt and between—well, I'm honest, and I can't say more.

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

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • Finally it was betwixt chance and choice that the place and hour of concussion were determined.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
  • I disremember just how fur that last stop is from the Crick, but I think it's betwixt 25 and 30 mile.

  • Friends or foes, French or Spaniards, succor or death: betwixt these were their hopes and fears divided.

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

  • Hit was betwixt you an' him, an' 'twant none o' my business long as you an' him air goin' to marry.

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

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Nay, come at once, I implore thee; for until I am justified to my mistress, I stand like one betwixt life and death.

    A Set of Rogues Frank Barrett
  • “There is no manner of likeness, Blanche, betwixt this creature and Don John,” she urged.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
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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