[ mi-thawt ]
/ mɪˈθɔt /


simple past tense of methinks.

Nearby words

  1. methodological,
  2. methodology,
  3. methohexital,
  4. methoprene,
  5. methotrexate,
  6. methoxide,
  7. methoxsalen,
  8. methoxy,
  9. methoxy group,
  10. methoxy-


[ mi-thingks ]
/ mɪˈθɪŋks /

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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British Dictionary definitions for methought


/ (mɪˈθɔːt) /


archaic the past tense of methinks


/ (mɪˈθɪŋks) /

verb past methought

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



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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