be-twixt and between


be-twixt and between

preposition, adverb

  1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. between.
Idioms

  1. 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.

preposition, adverb

  1. archaic another word for between
  2. betwixt and between in an intermediate, indecisive, or middle position
prep., adv.

Old English betweox “between, among, amidst, meanwhile,” from bi- “by” (see be-) + tweox “for two,” from Proto-Germanic *twa “two” + *-isk “-ish.” With parasitic -t that first appeared in Old English and became general after c.1500.

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