amidst

[uh-midst]

preposition


Nearby words

  1. amido-,
  2. amidogen,
  3. amidohydrolase,
  4. amidol,
  5. amidships,
  6. amie,
  7. amiee,
  8. amiens,
  9. amies,
  10. amiga

Origin of amidst

1250–1300; Middle English amiddes; see amid, -s1; for -t see against, amongst, etc.

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Word Origin and History for amidst

amidst

prep.

a variant of amid (q.v.) with adverbial genitive -s and parasitic -t. Amidde became amyddes (13c.) and acquired a -t by 1560s, probably by association with superlatives in -st.

There is a tendency to use amidst more distributively than amid, e.g. of things scattered about, or a thing moving, in the midst of others. [OED]
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