from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In truth; indeed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. indeed, truthfully, really

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In truth; in fact; certainly; very well; -- formerly used as an expression of deference or respect, especially to woman; now used ironically or contemptuously.
  • n. A person who used forsooth much; a very ceremonious and deferential person.
  • transitive v. To address respectfully with the term forsooth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In truth; in fact; certainly; very well: now commonly used ironically.
  • [Being formerly common as an affected garnish of polite conversation, forsooth came to be regarded as noting a ladies' man, and was occasionally used, allusively, as a noun or a verb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. an archaic word originally meaning `in truth' but now usually used to express disbelief


Middle English forsoth, from Old English forsōth : for, for; see for + sōth, truth; see sooth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English for + sothe ("truth") (Wiktionary)



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  • Fersure dude! :^P

    August 22, 2007

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    August 22, 2007

  • Strewth, I believe you're right!

    August 22, 2007

  • Methinks ye may be on to something.

    August 21, 2007

  • I think this word should be brought back into style.. who's with me?

    August 21, 2007