forsooth

[ fawr-sooth ]
/ fɔrˈsuθ /
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adverb Archaic.

(now used in derision or to express disbelief) in truth; in fact; indeed.

Nearby words

  1. forsake,
  2. forsaken,
  3. forsakenly,
  4. forseti,
  5. forsook,
  6. forspeak,
  7. forspent,
  8. forssmann,
  9. forssmann, werner,
  10. forster

Origin of forsooth

before 900; Middle English forsothe, Old English forsōth. See for, sooth

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British Dictionary definitions for forsooth

forsooth

/ (fəˈsuːθ) /

adverb

archaic in truth; indeed

Word Origin for forsooth

Old English forsōth

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Word Origin and History for forsooth

forsooth

adv.

Old English forsoð "indeed, verily," from for-, perhaps here with intensive force (or else the whole might be "for a truth"), + soð "truth" (see sooth).

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