- 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
Related Words for betwixt and betweenintermediate, undetermined, unclear, uncertain, hesitant, doubtful, uncommitted, wavering, unsure, vague, ambivalent, unsettled, unanswered, moot, undecided, pending, unsolved, problematic, unresolved, clouded
- archaic another word for between
- betwixt and between in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position
Word Origin for betwixt
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.
betwixt and between
Undecided, midway between two alternatives, neither here nor there. For example, I'm betwixt and between canceling my trip entirely or just postponing it, or Jane is betwixt and between about accepting the offer. The adverb betwixt, originally meaning “by two,” is seldom heard except in this expression, first recorded in 1832.