iwis

or y·wis

[ ih-wis ]
/ ɪˈwɪs /

adverb Obsolete.

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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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Example sentences from the Web for iwis

  • 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

iwis

ywis

/ (ɪˈwɪs) /

adverb

an archaic word for certainly

Word Origin for iwis

C12: from Old English gewiss certain
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