verb (impersonal); past me·thought. Archaic.

it seems to me.

Origin of methinks

before 900; Middle English me thinketh, Old English me thyncth. See me, think2, -s2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • “A tall and stalwart esquire, methinks,” said Master Headley.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Well but, methinks you say, what is all this to the purpose?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Methinks that Gascony is too small a cock to crow so lustily.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Methinks, Alleyne, it is this learning which you have taught her that has taken all the life and sap from her.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I have nothing left to fear, and methinks I am ten times more a coward than ever.

    The Wives of The Dead

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for methinks


verb past methought

(tr; takes a clause as object) archaic it seems to me
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Word Origin and History for methinks

Old English me þyncð "it seems to me," from me (pron.), dative of I, + þyncð, third person singular of þyncan "to seem," reflecting the Old English distinction between þyncan "to seem" and related þencan "to think," which bedevils modern students of the language (see think). The two thinks were constantly confused, then finally merged, in Middle English. Related: Methought.

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