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.
- transitive v. To address respectfully with the term forsooth.
- n. A person who used forsooth much; a very ceremonious and deferential person.
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)