Today's Word "trice"

A very short time on

Published in Vocabulary

trice \ TRYS \ (noun) - A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."

"There is no reason to doubt Alma here since so many other witnesses over the years tell similar tales... of the moody Mahler who would switch from eloquence to silence in a trice for no apparent reason." -- Jonathan Carr, 'Mahler: A Biography'


Trice is from Middle English (at a) trise, literally, "(at one) pull," from trisen, "to pull," from Middle Dutch trisen, "to hoist," from trise, "a windlass, a pulley."




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