[ thrahys ]
/ θraɪs /


three times, as in succession; on three occasions or in three ways.
in threefold quantity or degree.
very; extremely.

Origin of thrice

1150–1200; Middle English thries, equivalent to obsolete thrie thrice (Old English thrīga) + -s -s1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thrice


/ (θraɪs) /


three times
in threefold degree
archaic greatly

Word Origin for thrice

Old English thrīwa, thrīga; see three
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Word Origin and History for thrice



c.1200, from Old English þriga, þriwa "thrice" (from þrie "three;" see three) + adverbial genitive -es, changed to -ce c.1600 to reflect voiceless pronunciation.

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