Definitions for youyu; unstressed yʊ, yə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

you*yu; unstressed yʊ, yə(pron.; poss.)your; yours

  1. (pron.)the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case:

    You are the highest bidder. We can't help you.

  2. one; anyone; people in general:

    a tiny animal you can't even see.

  3. (used in apposition with the subject of a sentence, sometimes repeated for emphasis):

    You rascal, you!

  4. (used in place of the pronoun your before a gerund or present participle):

    There's no sense in you getting upset.

  5. Archaic. yourself; yourselves.

    Ref: a pl. form of the pronoun ye. 1

  6. (n.)something identified with or resembling the person addressed:

    That bright red shirt just isn't you.

  7. the nature or character of the person addressed:

    Try to discover the hidden you.

* Usage: In American English the pronoun you has been supplemented by additional forms to make clear the distinction between singular and plural. you-all , often pronounced as one syllable, is a widespread spoken form in the South Midland and Southern United States. Its possessive is often you-all's rather than (from you+ones) is a South Midland form; it is being replaced by you-all . youse (you+ the plural -s ending of nouns), probably of Irish-American origin, is most common in the North, esp. in urban centers like Boston, New York, and Chicago. Both you-uns and youse are considered nonstandard. See also guy1, me, one.

Origin of you:

bef. 900; ME; OE ēow (dat., acc. of ye1), c. OFris ju, OS iu, OHG iu, eu

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. you(pronoun)ʊ, yə

    indicates the person you are talking to

    Do you read a lot?; You are my best friend.

  2. youʊ, yə

    indicates all people or people in general

    You're not supposed to go in the park at night.; Witnessing murder is something you never get over.


  1. you(Pronoun)

    The individual or group spoken or written to.

    Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?

  2. you(Pronoun)

    The people spoken, or written to, as an object.

    Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?

  3. you(Pronoun)

    (To) yourselves, (to) yourself.

    You idiot!

  4. you(Pronoun)

    Used before epithets for emphasis.

    You idiot!

  5. you(Pronoun)

    The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.)

  6. you(Pronoun)

    The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.)

  7. you(Pronoun)

    The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.)

  8. you(Pronoun)

    Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object).

  9. Origin: From you, yow, ȝow, (object case of ye), from eow, iow (dative case of ge), from iwwiz (dative case of jīz), western variety of izwiz (dative case of ), from wes, object case of . Cognate with jo, jo, jou & u, eu, iu, vos, .

Webster Dictionary

  1. You

    the pronoun of the second person, in the nominative, dative, and objective case, indicating the person or persons addressed. See the Note under Ye


  1. You

    "You" was the 9th single released by UK pop group S Club 7 on 11 February 2002. The track is a very uptempo-retro number reminiscent of the group's third single "You're My Number One". The video was set in the 1950s and is described in the Best CD booklet as the "candyfloss-bright, tongue-in-cheek 50s pastiche". This track was the last single to feature departed band member Paul Cattermole and sparked the last leg of the S Club 7 journey. The song reached no. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. It also charted on the 2002 Year End Singles chart at number 70.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'you' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #21

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'you' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3

Translations for you

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(used as the subject or object of a verb, or as the object of a preposition) the person(s) etc spoken or written to

You look well!; I asked you a question; Do you all understand?; Who came with you?

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