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[mi-thawt] /mɪˈθɔt/
simple past tense of methinks.


[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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  • But she looked sadly at the floor and said: "methought none but Sigurd the Volsung could have dared those awful flames."

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • methought anon you saw me go down with three pikes in my breast.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • methought that it moved toward us and then straightway vanished!

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • methought he looked in no very good temper when I kissed her at the door.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It was such a scene, methought, as the souls of seamen drowned in these seas might flock to and haunt.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • I could read them, methought; but though each one of the words 1817.

  • My old lord walked very steadily to where his son was sitting; he had a steady countenance, too, but methought a little cold.

  • Then they passed from me to the vanishing Jeanneton, and methought that she was about to call her back.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • Sir, she panted, methought 't was thy mood to shame thy daughters; yet this shameth only me.

    Long Will Florence Converse
British Dictionary definitions for methought


(archaic) the past tense of methinks


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



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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