Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
[sentence adverb] In all likelihood; probably:‘some earnest business is afoot belike’
in all likelihood, in all probability, as likely as not, very likely, most likely, likely, as like as not, ten to one, the chances are, doubtless, no doubt, all things considered, taking all things into consideration, all things being equal, possibly, perhaps, maybe, it may be, presumably, on the face of it, apparentlyView synonyms
- ‘Why then, belike we must sin and so consequently die.’
- ‘The roars, belike, would have gradually subsided in dreadful rumblings of more than utterable or conquerable mirth.’
- ‘The Romans then, flying to the emperor, desired his aid and succour; but he, belike to pleasure the pope, gathering an army, went rather against the Romans.’
- ‘Belike they were not known, or else not used.’
- ‘And thy wife, belike, or thy mother, reared her?’
Mid 16th century: from by + like.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.