See also: tis, TIS, tîş, -tis, and t'is

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  1. (literary or archaic, also occasionally colloquial) Contraction of it is.
    ’Tis a shame!
    ’Tis but a scratch!
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, act 3, scene 1:
      Mercutio [wounded]: "No, 'tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but 'tis enough, 'twill serve: ask for me to-morrow, and you shall find me a grave man."
    • 1825, unknown, Harrison's Amusing Picture and Poetry Book, page 5:
      Why should we say 'tis yet too soon,
      To seek for Heaven or think of death[.]
    • 1844, Charles Dickens, The Chimes, Chapter III:
      It looks well in a picter, I've heerd say; but there an't weather in picters, and maybe 'tis fitter for that, than for a place to live in.

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  1. Alternative form of tis
      (3) "'Tis aul in shruaanès."

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  • Jacob Poole (d. 1827) (before 1828), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, published 1867, page 98