Thine
thou hou ([th]ou), pron. [Sing.: nom. {Thou}; poss. {Thy} ([th][imac]) or {Thine} ([th][imac]n); obj. {Thee} ([th][=e]). Pl.: nom. {You} (y[=oo]); poss. {Your} (y[=oo]r) or {Yours} (y[=oo]rz); obj. {You}.] [OE. thou, [thorn]u, AS. [eth][=u], [eth]u; akin to OS. & OFries. thu, G., Dan. & Sw. du, Icel. [thorn][=u], Goth. [thorn]u, Russ. tui, Ir. & Gael. tu, W. ti, L. tu, Gr. sy`, Dor. ty`, Skr. tvam. [root]185. Cf. {Thee}, {Thine}, {Te Deum}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Art thou he that should come? --Matt. xi. 3. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``In Old English, generally, thou is the language of a lord to a servant, of an equal to an equal, and expresses also companionship, love, permission, defiance, scorn, threatening: whilst ye is the language of a servant to a lord, and of compliment, and further expresses honor, submission, or entreaty.'' --Skeat. [1913 Webster]

Note: Thou is now sometimes used by the Friends, or Quakers, in familiar discourse, though most of them corruptly say thee instead of thou. [1913 Webster]


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  • Thine — ([th][imac]n), pron. & a. [OE. thin, AS. [eth][=i]n, originally gen. of [eth]u, [eth][=u], thou; akin to G. dein thine, Icel. [thorn]inn, possessive pron., [thorn][=i]n, gen. of [thorn][=u] thou, Goth. [thorn]eins, possessive pron., [thorn]eina,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thine — [thīn] Archaic pron. [ME thin < OE, gen. of thu,THOU1 (ME loss of n before a consonant gives THY)] that or those belonging to thee (you): the possessive form of THOU1, used without a following noun [this book is thine; thine are better; is he… …   English World dictionary

  • thine — [ ðaın ] pronoun an old word meaning yours that was used for talking or writing to one person …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thine — O.E. þin, possessive pronoun (originally gen. of þu thou ), from P.Gmc. *thinaz (Cf. O.Fris., O.S. thin, M.Du. dijn, O.H.G. din, Ger. dein, O.N. þin), from PIE *t(w)eino , suffixed form of second pers. sing. pronomial base *tu . A brief history… …   Etymology dictionary

  • thine — ab·sin·thine; acan·thine; am·a·ran·thine; am·i·an·thine; an·a·can·thine; an·thine; Ban·thine; cal·y·can·thine; ceph·a·ran·thine; hy·a·cin·thine; ian·thine; ju·gur·thine; lab·y·rin·thine; or·ni·thine; oxy·acan·thine; rhad·a·man·thine;… …   English syllables

  • thine — /dhuyn/, pron. 1. the possessive case of thou used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun. 2. the possessive case of thou used as an attributive adjective before a noun beginning with a vowel or vowel sound: thine eyes; thine… …   Universalium

  • thine — [[t]ða͟ɪn[/t]] PRON POSS Thine is an old fashioned, poetic, or religious word for yours when you are talking to only one person. I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice …   English dictionary

  • thine — [[t]ðaɪn[/t]] pron. 1) fun the possessive case of thou used as a predicate adjective, after a noun or without a noun 2) fun the possessive case of thou used as an attributive adjective before a noun beginning with a vowel or vowel sound: thine… …   From formal English to slang

  • thine — /ðaɪn / (say dhuyn) Archaic –pronoun (possessive) 1. the possessive form of thou1, used predicatively or absolutely: thine be the glory. –adjective 2. thy (before a noun beginning with a vowel sound): thine eyes. {Middle English; Old English þīn …   Australian English dictionary

  • thine — thine1 [ðaın] pron [the possessive form of thy ] old use yours thine 2 thine2 determiner [the possessive form of thy ] old use a word meaning your, used before a word beginning with a vowel or h …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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