WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
y•wis  (i wis),USA pronunciation adv. [Archaic.]
  1. iwis.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
i•wis  (i wis),USA pronunciation adv. [Obs.]
  1. certainly.
Also,  ywis. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English, adverb, adverbial use of neuter of Old English gewiss (adjective, adjectival) certain; cognate with Dutch gewis, German gewiss certain, certainly; akin to wit2; see y-


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iwis, ywis /ɪˈwɪs/ adv
  1. an archaic word for certainly
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old English gewiss certain



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