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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for betwixt

Historical Examples of betwixt

  • I disremember just how fur that last stop is from the Crick, but I think it's betwixt 25 and 30 mile.

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

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

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

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

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Then, what bond is there betwixt thee and this lad's brother Jacques?

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

British Dictionary definitions for betwixt


preposition, adverb

archaic another word for between
betwixt and between in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position

Word Origin for betwixt

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.

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