1.A contraction of is it.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows what is't to leave betimes, let be.'
Seeking praise for the quality of his revenge, Piero asks Strotzo, 'Is't not rare?' (1.1.81).
If it churns out such trash as those who rubbished an Italian monument it definitely is't.
(12) Behn herself was aware of the composite nature of her play and wittily said about it in lines 29-30 of the prologue: "Not serious, nor yet comick, what is't then?
""Who is't can Read a Woman?": Sexuality and Legibility in Early Modern Discourses." PhD thesis, University of Rochester, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing (3023726).
As does Castabella in a soliloquy opening 2.3 ("Heaven, is't my fate, / For loving that thou lov'st, to get thy hate?"), Charlemont addresses a Heaven that is remote, displeased, and punitive:
In response to their praise of Tiberius's modesty, wisdom, and innocence, Arruntius asks himself, "Where is't? / The prayer's made before the subject" (3.144-45).
A not DOWN i'th last proverbial phrase to "Is't not drown'd i' REIGN, i.
A[yen] The anodyne exchange dates at least as far back as 1604, to Shakespeare's Othello, where Desdemona asks her husband, oeHow is't with you, my lord?
To this, Tammas in 1912 responds 'Yes, that's a fac'; but is't no time ye were dressing for the kirk', which in 1932 is rendered 'Yes, that's true; but is it not time you were getting dressed for the kirk'.
Whence is that knocking?--How is't with me, when every noise appals me?