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From Middle English mithen, from Old English mīþan(to hide, conceal; keep to oneself, dissemble; conceal oneself, remain concealed; avoid, shun, refrain from), from Proto-Germanic *mīþaną(to avoid), from Proto-Indo-European *meit-(to change, switch). Cognate with Dutch mijden(to avoid, evade), German meiden(to avoid, shun, forbear).



mithe (third-person singular simple present mithes, present participle mithing, simple past and past participle mithed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To avoid; shun; evade.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To escape the notice of.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To conceal; dissemble (feelings, etc.).
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To remain concealed; escape notice; hide one's thoughts or feelings.

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