One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]archaic, humorous
It seems to me.‘life has been rather hard on her, methinks’with clause ‘methought you knew all about it’
- ‘In which case methinks we should utilize this peculiar soothsaying ability for more capitalistic means than mere survival.’
- ‘My parents' generation, methinks, largely failed to see the value in life without money.’
- ‘He seems to have risen to the occasion fairly well, methinks.’
- ‘But methinks also that the left has already made up its mind.’
- ‘But the inclusion of quizzes was unnecessary, methinks.’
Old English mē thyncth, from mē ‘to me’ + thyncth ‘it seems’ (from thyncan ‘seem’, related to think).
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