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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Definitions for iwis

  1. Obsolete. certainly.

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Citations for iwis
"Ye, iwis," quoth that other wye, "here is wayth fayrest / That I sey this seven yere in sesoun of wynter." , Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, circa 1375
There be fools alive, iwis, / Silver'd o'er; and so was this. / Take what wife you will to bed, / I will ever be your head… William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, 1600
Origin of iwis
900
Iwis has been around in English since before 900. It finds its roots in the Old English adjective gewiss meaning "certain."