Your
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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  • your — W1S1 [jə strong jo: $ jər strong jo:r] determiner [possessive form of you ] [: Old English; Origin: eower] 1.) used when speaking or writing to one or more people to show that something belongs to them or is connected with them ▪ Could you move… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Your — ([=u]r), pron. & a. [OE. your, [yogh]our, eowr, eower, AS. e[ o]wer, originally used as the gen. of ge, g[=e], ye; akin to OFries. iuwer your, OS. iuwar, D. uw, OHG. iuw[=e]r, G. euer, Icel. y[eth]ar, Goth. izwara, izwar, and E. you. [root]189.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • your — [yoor; ] often [ yôr] possessive pronominal adj. [ME your, eower < OE eower, gen. of ge, ye: see YOU] 1. of, belonging to, made by, or done by you: also used before some formal titles [Your Honor, Your Majesty] 2. Informal the: used to… …   English World dictionary

  • your — O.E. eower, genitive of ge ye (see YE (Cf. ye)), from P.Gmc. base of YOU (Cf. you). Cf. O.S. iuwar, O.Fris. iuwer, O.N. yðvarr, O.H.G. iuwer, Ger. euer, Goth. izwar your …   Etymology dictionary

  • your — ► POSSESSIVE DETERMINER 1) belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing. 2) belonging to or associated with any person in general. 3) (Your) used when addressing the holder of certain titles. ORIGIN Old… …   English terms dictionary

  • your — 1. (your) (1092↑, 44↓) The possessive form of you. Not to be confused with you re , which is a contraction of you and are, meaning you are. I have your book. Alice: Your dumb. Bob: My dumb what? Alice: *brain temporarily stops functioning* Author …   Urban English dictionary

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  • your —    Used vocatively as a replacement for ‘you’ in a number of titles or mock titles, such as: Your Eminence, Your Grace, Your Majesty, Your royal Highness, Your Honour, Your Worship, Your Reverence, Your Lordship, Your Ladyship, Your High and… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • your */*/*/ — strong UK [jɔː(r)] / US [jʊr] / US [jɔr] weak UK [jə(r)] / US [jər] determiner Summary: Your is a possessive determiner (followed by a noun), being a possessive form of you. 1) used for showing that something belongs to or is connected with the… …   English dictionary

  • your — strong /jO:r/ determiner 1 belonging to or connected with the person or people someone is speaking to: Could you move your car? | That s your problem. | You must all come and bring your husbands. | It s your own fault if you ve lost them. 2… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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