List of archaic words english and meaning

Archaic Word Definition

abaft           toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft

afore          before

agone ago

alack expression of sorrow or regret

alee        on or toward the lee

alow         below

amain to a high degree; exceedingly; at full speed

an          if

anent about; concerning

anon at once; immediately

aright right; correctly

aroint begone

athwart across; in opposition to; sideways; transversely

aught anything at all; something

avaunt away; hence

aye         yes

beforetime formerly

belike most likely; probably

betimes in short time; speedily

betwixt between

certes in truth; certainly

clepe to name; to call

eft again; afterwards

eftsoons soon after

egad mild oath

eke in addition; also; likewise

endlong lengthwise

enow enough

ere before

erelong before long; soon

erewhile until now

eyne eyes

fain happy; inclined; pleased

fie expression of disgust or disapproval

forby past; near

fore at an earlier time or period

forsooth in truth; indeed

forthwith immediately

froward turned away; self-willed; unreasonable; perverse; adverse

gadzooks mild oath

gar mild oath

gardyloo warning cry

gramercy expression of gratitude or surprise

hark to pay close attention; to listen

heretofore until now

heyday expression of elation or wonder

hight named; called; to command or call

hist expression used to attract attention

hither to this place

howbeit although

ifsoever if ever

ilke kind or nature

inly inwardly; thoroughly

iwis surely; certainly

lackaday expression of regret or deprecation

lief soon; gladly

marry expression of surprised agreement

maugre in spite of

mayhap perhaps

meet fitting; proper

meseems it seems to me

methinks I believe; I think

nary not a one; not at all

natheless nevertheless; notwithstanding

needs of necessity; necessarily

nigh nearly; almost

nowise not at all

od mild oath

or before

parcel partly

pardie mild oath; certainly or truly

parfay by my faith; verily

peradventure perhaps; possibly; by adventure; by chance

prithee expression of wish or request

puissant powerful; mighty

quotha expression of surprise or contempt

rede to counsel or advise

ruth pity; remorse; sorrow

semovedly separately

siege seat or throne

sith since

somedeal somewhat

somewhither to some place; somewhere

sooth truth; reality; in truth

soothfast truthful; honest; faithful

soothly in truth; truly

speed prosperity; success

strait strict; rigorous; constricted

sweven vision seen in sleep; a dream

swink to toil; to labour

swith instantly; quickly

swoopstake in an indiscriminate manner

teen injury; grief

thereinto into that or it

thereon thereupon

therewith thereupon; forthwith

therewithal besides

thither to that place

thole to endure; to suffer

thro through

tother the other

twain two

twixt between

usward toward us

verily truly; certainly; confidently

wanion ill luck; misfortune

weed garment or outfit worn during mourning

wellaway expression of sorrow or lamentation; alas

whenas when

whencesoever from whatsoever place or source

whereagainst against which

whereinsoever in whatsoever respect or place

whereinto into which; into what

whereof of what

whereon on what

whereout out of which

wherethrough through which; through the agency of

whereuntil to what

wherewith with what

whichsoever every one that

whilom formerly; once; former

whither to what place

whithersoever to any place whatsoever

whitherward toward what or which place

whosoever every one who

wist to know

withal besides; therewith; nevertheless; with

wood mad; insane; wild

yare marked by quickness and agility; nimble; prepared; easily handled

yede to go

yoicks expression of surprise or excitement

yon yonder; that over there; those over there

yonside on the farther side of

zounds mild oath

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