Definitions for Thouθaʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

thou*ðaʊ(pron.)(sing.)thou; thy; thine; thee

  1. (pron.)Archaic (except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose or as used by the Friends). the second person singular personal pronoun in the nominative case (used to denote the person or thing addressed):

    Thou shalt not kill.

    Category: Function Word

  2. (v.t.)to address as

    thou.

  3. (v.i.)to use thou in discourse.

* nom..

Origin of thou:

bef. 900; ME; OE thū, c. OFris, OS, ON thū, OHG t(h)u, Go thu, OIr tú, L tū, Doric Gk

thouθaʊ(n.)(pl.)thous; thou.

  1. Slang.one thousand dollars, pounds, etc.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of thou:

1865–70; by shortening

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thousand, one thousand, 1000, M, K, chiliad, G, grand, thou, yard(noun)

    the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thou

    the second personal pronoun, in the singular number, denoting the person addressed; thyself; the pronoun which is used in addressing persons in the solemn or poetical style

  2. Thou(verb)

    to address as thou, esp. to do so in order to treat with insolent familiarity or contempt

  3. Thou(verb)

    to use the words thou and thee in discourse after the manner of the Friends

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  1. Thou

    The word thou is a second person singular pronoun in English. It is now largely archaic, having been replaced in almost all contexts by you. It is used in parts of Northern England and by Scots. Thou is the nominative form; the oblique/objective form is thee, and the possessive is thy or thine. When thou is the grammatical subject of a finite verb in the indicative mood, the verb form ends on t, most often with the ending -st, but in some cases just -t. In Middle English, thou was sometimes abbreviated by putting a small "u" over the letter thorn: þͧ. Originally, thou was simply the singular counterpart to the plural pronoun ye, derived from an ancient Indo-European root. Following a process found in other Indo-European languages, thou was later used to express intimacy, familiarity or even disrespect, while another pronoun, you, the oblique/objective form of ye, was used for formal circumstances. In the 17th century, thou fell into disuse in the standard language but persisted, sometimes in altered form, in regional dialects of England and Scotland, as well as in the language of such religious groups as the Society of Friends. Early English translations of the Bible used thou and never you as the singular second-person pronoun, with the double effect of maintaining thou in usage and also imbuing it with an air of religious solemnity that is antithetical to its former sense of familiarity or disrespect. The use of the pronoun was also common in poetry.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

thou(pronoun)

an old word for `you' used only when addressing one person, especially God (usually Thou ), as the subject of a verb

Thou, O God .; Thou shalt not kill!

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