preposition, adverb Dialect.

Origin of atween

1350–1400; Middle English atwen, probably on the model of other synonymous pairs, as afore, before, etc.; see a-1, between Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for atween

Historical Examples of atween

  • Ye're no a match for my leddy, but I s' be atween ye and her.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • "If I could no'but get a blink frae the cannel, I'd see what's atween them," thought Gubblum.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • "I shall be atween you and the Injuns all the time, boy," said he.

    Field and Forest

    Oliver Optic

  • "Tain't far, Cap, atween one and the other," was his answer.

    Buckskin Mose

    Buckskin Mose

  • I'm glad, right heartily glad that 'tis all off atween Gilbert an' Dolly.

    The World Before Them

    Susanna Moodie

British Dictionary definitions for atween



an archaic or Scot word for between
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Word Origin and History for atween

c.1400, from a- (1) + tween.

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