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verb (imperative) Obsolete.
  1. begone: Aroint thee, varlet!
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Origin of aroint

First recorded in 1595–1605; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for aroint

Historical Examples of aroint

  • It has been suggested that the singular expression, "Aroint, thee, witch!"

    Trees. A Woodland Notebook

    Herbert Maxwell

  • Since 'Aroint thee, witch,' is your creed, I think you had better try him.

  • You shall not make a poetry cocktail out of Tennyson and Coleridge, and jam it down my throat; or I'll aroint myself.

    The Clarion

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • That aroint is equivalent to away, begone, seems to be agreed, though its etymology is uncertain.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare

    Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer

Word Origin and History for aroint


intransitive verb, c.1600, used by Shakespeare (only in imperative: "begone!"), obsolete and of obscure origin. "[T]he subject of numerous conjectures, none of which can be said to have even a prima facie probability." [OED]

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