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or y·wis

adverb Obsolete.
  1. certainly.
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Origin of iwis

before 900; Middle English, adv. use of neuter of Old English gewiss (adj.) certain; cognate with Dutch gewis, German gewiss certain, certainly; akin to wit2; see y-
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Historical Examples

  • He had seen blood enough spilt at the siege of Iwis, but this came upon him in all its horror unrelieved by the excitement of war.

    After London

    Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for iwis



  1. an archaic word for certainly
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Word Origin

C12: from Old English gewiss certain
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