- Archaic true or real
- Old Poet. soothing; smooth
Origin of soothMiddle English soth ; from Old English akin to Gothic sunja, truth, Old Norse sannr, true ; from Indo-European base an unverified form es-, to be (from source am, is): basic sense “that is”
- Real; true.
- Soft; smooth.
Origin of soothMiddle English, from Old English sōth; see es- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) Truth.
(comparative soother, superlative soothest)
- (archaic) True.
- with jellies soother than the creamy curd
Middle English sooth, from Old English sōþ (“truth", also "true, actual, real”), from Proto-Germanic *sanþaz (“truth; true”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁sónts, *es-ont- (“being, existence, real, true”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁es-, *es- (“to be”). Akin to Old Saxon sōþ (“true”), Old High German sand (“true”), Old Norse sannr (“true”), Gothic (sunja, “truth”), Old English sēon (“to be”), Old English synn (“sin, guilt"; literally, "being the one guilty”). More at sin.