Definition of sooth in English:



  • [mass noun] Truth.

    • ‘The Jews say the Nazarenes are on naught, and the Christians say the Jews are on naught, and both speak the sooth for they are on naught.’


  • in sooth

    • In truth; really.

      • ‘In sooth I hope you are not too sanguine.’
      • ‘Nevertheless this same senator was a full worthy, noble warrior, in sooth, and his death was full great pity.’
      • ‘Marvellous, in sooth, the feats and the sport and the play that he makes.’
      • ‘But in sooth the hours of that day were worse to wear than any day there had yet been.’
      • ‘An island, in sooth, there exists, but one not formed by a convulsion of nature, but by the artificial handiwork of man.’
      • ‘Again, take Antonio's opening line ‘In sooth I know not why I am so sad’.’
      • ‘Ye must, in sooth, have gone the wrong way and been to the mill, from the looks of your clothes.’
      • ‘Knight Ortwin of Metz then spake: ‘His great prowess shall not in sooth avail him aught.’’
      • ‘And in sooth some who beheld the portrait spoke of its resemblance in low words, as of a mighty marvel.’
      • ‘In sooth, whither now shall we turn to fund our distaste for hard work and our love of the finer things in life?’


Old English sōth (originally as an adjective in the sense ‘genuine, true’), of Germanic origin.