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betwixt and between

be·twixt and be·tween
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bih-twikst and bih-tween]
    • /bɪˈtwɪkst ænd bɪˈtwin/
    • /bɪˈtwɪkst ənd bɪˈtwiːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bih-twikst and bih-tween]
    • /bɪˈtwɪkst ænd bɪˈtwin/

Definitions of betwixt and between words

  • noun betwixt and between in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position 3
  • idioms betwixt and between betwixt and between, neither the one nor the other; in a middle or unresolved position: Not wanting to side with either her father or her mother, she was betwixt and between. 1
  • adjective betwixt and between (Idiomatic) Neither one thing nor the other. 0
  • adverb betwixt and between (Idiomatic) Neither here nor there. 0

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Origin of betwixt and between

First appearance:

before 950
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 950; Middle English betwix, Old English betwix, betweox, equivalent to be- be- + tweox, cognate with Old High German zwiski two each; akin to German zwischen between (preposition)

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Parts of speech for Betwixt and between

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

betwixt and between popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for betwixt and between

adj betwixt and between

  • questionable — of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.
  • uncertain — not definitely ascertainable or fixed, as in time of occurrence, number, dimensions, or quality.
  • problematic — of the nature of a problem; doubtful; uncertain; questionable.
  • dubious — doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious reply.
  • doubtful — of uncertain outcome or result.

noun betwixt and between

  • heart — Anatomy. a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation, composed mainly of rhythmically contractile smooth muscle, located in the chest between the lungs and slightly to the left and consisting of four chambers: a right atrium that receives blood returning from the body via the superior and inferior vena cavae, a right ventricle that pumps the blood through the pulmonary artery to the lungs for oxygenation, a left atrium that receives the oxygenated blood via the pulmonary veins and passes it through the mitral valve, and a left ventricle that pumps the oxygenated blood, via the aorta, throughout the body.
  • hub — the central part of a wheel, as that part into which the spokes are inserted.
  • midpoint — a point at or near the middle of, or equidistant from, both ends, as of a line: the midpoint of a boundary.
  • bosom — A woman's breasts are sometimes referred to as her bosom or her bosoms.
  • deep — If something is deep, it extends a long way down from the ground or from the top surface of something.

Antonyms for betwixt and between

adj betwixt and between

  • unquestionable — not open to question; beyond doubt or dispute; indisputable; undeniable; certain: an unquestionable fact.
  • settled — to appoint, fix, or resolve definitely and conclusively; agree upon (as time, price, or conditions).
  • inarguable — not arguable: Her conclusion is so obvious as to be inarguable.
  • incontrovertible — not controvertible; not open to question or dispute; indisputable: absolute and incontrovertible truth.
  • questionable — of doubtful propriety, honesty, morality, respectability, etc.: questionable activities; in questionable taste.

noun betwixt and between

  • periphery — the external boundary of any surface or area.

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