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[mi-thingks] /mɪˈθɪŋks/
verb (impersonal), past methought. Archaic.
it seems to me.
Origin of methinks
before 900; Middle English me thinketh, Old English me thyncth. See me, think2, -s2 Unabridged
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  • Oh yeah and you use song lyrics without proper attribution rather bad form methinks.
  • methinks the gravitational deflection of light requires a better explanation.
  • Though this anecdotal bit is not necessarily empirical evidence, it is certainly relevant to the article, methinks.
  • methinks the article's author has a bias against cats.
  • At times, though, methinks installers doth protest too much.
  • methinks the professor should have taken a normal leave of absence, done her military duty, and returned.
  • methinks there is a bright, glaring hypocrisy at work here.
  • The long-time resident of the area doth protest too much, methinks.
  • methinks it's more the partisan politicking than actual policy difference.
  • methinks perhaps they should be expelled: the government there seems to have no concept of rule of law and fair play.
British Dictionary definitions for methinks


verb (past) methought
(transitive; takes a clause as object) (archaic) it seems to me
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Word Origin and History for methinks

Old English me þyncð "it seems to me," from me (pron.), dative of I, + þyncð, third person singular of þyncan "to seem," reflecting the Old English distinction between þyncan "to seem" and related þencan "to think," which bedevils modern students of the language (see think). The two thinks were constantly confused, then finally merged, in Middle English. Related: Methought.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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