American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Archaic Used in the imperative to express an order of dismissal: "Aroint thee, witch!” ( Shakespeare).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An interjectional imperative, equivalent, in the passages quoted, to avaunt! begone! See etymology.
- To say “aroint” to; bid begone.
- v. archaic to dispel, to drive away
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. obsolete Stand off, or begone.
- v. rare To drive or scare off by some exclamation.
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Coleridge, and jam it down my throat; or I'll aroint myself.”
“Co. -- inimitable Pickwick -- hail, all hail! but triumphs of burglary, and escapes of murderers, aroint ye!”
“For I would sooner face fifty deevils as my master’s ghaist, or even his wraith; wherefore, aroint ye, if ye were ten times my master, unless ye come in bodily shape, lith and limb.””
“Collections I found it in a very old drawing, that he has published, in which St. Patrick is represented visiting hell, and putting the devils into great confusion by his presence, of whom one that is driving the damned before him with a prong, has a label issuing out of his mouth with these words, OUT OUT ARONGT, of which the last is evidently the same with _aroint_, and used in the same sense as in this passage.”
“Well, if a witch can be arointed, why shouldn't she aroint other things? ”
“For I would sooner face fifty deevils as my master's ghaist, or even his wraith; wherefore, aroint ye, if ye were ten times my master, unless ye come in bodily shape, lith and limb. ”
“ARONGT, "of which the last is evidently the same with _aroint_, and used in the same sense as in this passage.”
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