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From Middle English for + sothe ‎(truth)



forsooth ‎(comparative more forsooth, superlative most forsooth)

  1. (archaic or poetic, as an intensifier, often ironic) indeed, truthfully, really
    • Hayward
      A fit man, forsooth, to govern a realm!
    • ~1603, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I, scene I, line 20:
      And what was he?/ Forsooth, a great arithmetician
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VIII:
      Her eyes widened. She squeaked a bit. “Don't tell me she caught you bending again?” “Bending is right. I was half-way under the dressing-table. You and your singing,” I said, and I'm not sure I didn't add the word “Forsooth!” Her eyes widened a bit further, and she squeaked another squeak.