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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Alsswyth, Alswyth, adv. Also: alswytht, alswyith, alsuyth, -suycht; allswyth; al(s)swith; alsweith. [Als adv., Swyth adv. The etym. spelling with ss is rare. Used only in poetry.]

1. At once, immediately. 1375 Barb. vii. 553.
The voman has he seyne alswith [E. alswyth]
Ib. viii. 153.
His answer he tald alswith
a1400 Leg. S. ii. 1024.
Quhen Petir this herd, he was blyth, And with thame went to Paule alswyth
Ib. xvii. 74.
Thai slew the fellone beste alswytht With spere and swerde
?1438 Alex. ii. 229.
The King thame sawe, in hart was blyth, And callit on Lycanor alsuyth
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. i. 601.
Haue done (quod scho), Schir Varius, alswyith
Ib. ii. 243.
Than was I blyith … , and wrait this lay alswyith
15.. Clar. i. 1019.
Alsweith wnarmit was Clariodus
Ib. iv. 2758.
The King alswyth did him revert

2. As soon (as).The orig. use, found also in ME. (c 1300). 1513 Doug. iv. iii. 1.
Alsswyth as Iuno … Persauyt … that remeid was nane [etc.]
Ib. ix. xi. 45.
Alsswith as the Rutylianys dyd se The ȝet oppyn, thai rusch to the entre

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