Related to aroint: aroint thee


tr.v. Archaic
Used in the imperative to express an order of dismissal: "Aroint thee, witch!" (Shakespeare).

[Origin unknown.]
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vb (tr)
to drive away
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imperative verb. Obs.
begone: Aroint thee, varlet!
[1595–1605; of uncertain orig.]
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to aroint him with tummy moor's maladies." (74) Utopianism is, in Joyce's terms, a priestly or proselytizing malady; the arcadian myth is a sickness, an unremitting nostalgia for the golden age, an ague: "the golden age must return with its vengeance....
Wandering the hilly countryside, the saint meets the "night mare and her nine-fold" and dismisses the witch with the command "aroint thee." Edgar's ditty imagines a saint who wanders the countryside (he "footed thrice" the hilly terrain) and who retains the power to exorcise witches and their brood.
"A sailor's wife had chestnuts in her lap, And munched, and munched, and munched: 'Give me,' quoth I: 'Aroint thee, witch!' the rump-fed ronyon cries.
Aroint thee, varlets (or words to that effect), quoth he, hinting that something unpleasant could happen to the 2003 Belgian Grand Prix, such as being dropped from the Formula One calendar, if these awkward varmints persisted in their folly.
Swithold footed thrice the 'old, He met the night-mare and her nine-fold, Bid her alight, And her troth plight, And aroint thee, witch, aroint thee!