Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb It seems to me.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • It seems to me; it appears to me. See me and think.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • R., except in poetry. It seems to me; I think. See me.

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  • phrase It seems to me.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English me thinkes, from Old English mē thyncth : , to me; see me + thyncth, it seems; see tong- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From me (object pronoun = "to me") + think (from Old English þyncan). In Early Modern English, used at least 150 times by William Shakespeare; in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer, me thinketh; and in Old English by Alfred the Great, me þyncþ.

Examples

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  • "I think"

    August 22, 2008

  • i don't know if i could possibly hate another word more than this one.

    December 18, 2008

  • A lovely gem, it always gets a smile when tossed into banter randomly.

    December 18, 2008

  • But punky, you hate moist more.

    December 18, 2008

  • I find it's just kind of pretentious if used by other one other than Hamlet or Alex (from A Clock Work Orange)

    December 18, 2008

  • mehopes "methinks" is penduluming back into popularity.and that "mehopes" catches on.as well as penduluming.

    December 18, 2008

  • Medoesn't know what to think about that.

    December 18, 2008

  • Methinks penduluming is mehoping will die a slow, painful medeath.

    December 18, 2008

  • My mother used to say this word when I was growing up (back in the 1960s), which was curious because I was very much into reading Arthurian romances (especially the collection by Sidney Lanier) where the characters were always saying, "Methinks,..." Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that my mother's usage probably derived from 1940s women's college slang.

    Personally, I don't like "methinks"; it's much too cutesy-quaintsy for me. Having said that, however, I find myself wondering what this word actually means. Considering its 3rd-person singular form (the ending -s) and objective form of the pronoun (dative, perhaps), I gather that this meant originally not: "In my opinion" or "My view is that", but "The idea occurs to me that...": "It thinks to me..." Such passive impersonal constructions are widespread, by the way, in Russian and other Slavic languages.

    December 18, 2008

  • You guys are reading this word wrong. It's "meth-inks," which refers to the spasmodic, overly-complicated wee-hour scribblings of speed-riddled tweakers.

    December 18, 2008