| Cardinal: three|
Multiplier: triple, threefold
From Middle English thrīce, thries (“three times, thrice; a third time; repeated three times”), from earlier thrī, thrīe (“three times, thrice; a third time”) (from Old English þriwa, þreowa) + -es (“suffix forming adverbs of time, place, and manner”) (from Old English -es (“suffix forming adverbs”)). The word is cognate with Saterland Frisian träie (“thrice”).
- IPA(key): /θɹaɪs/
- IPA(key): /fɹaɪs/
- Rhymes: -aɪs
thrice (not comparable)
- (dated) Three times.
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress; […], London: Printed for Nath. Ponder; […], OCLC 228725984; reprinted as The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, OCLC 5190338, page 47:
- How far might I have been on my way by this time! I am made to tread thoſe ſteps thrice over, which I needed not to have trod but once: Yea, now alſo I am like to be benighted, for the day is almost ſpent.
Unlike once and twice, thrice is somewhat dated in American and British usage, sometimes used for a comical or intentionally archaic effect; three times is the more standard and typical usage. On the other hand, once and twice are almost always preferred over one time and two times respectively. Thrice does however retain some currency in compounds like thrice-monthly, and it is still standard and stylistically neutral in Indian English.
- ^ “thrīce, adv.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 May 2018.
- ^ “thrī(e, adv.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 May 2018.
- ^ “-es, suf.(1)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 May 2018.