Yours
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • yours — [ jurz, jɔrz ] pronoun *** Yours is a possessive pronoun, being a possessive form of you. It can refer to a singular or plural noun, and it can be the subject, object, or complement of a verb or the object of a preposition: I ll give you a taste… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Yours — [jɔːz ǁ jɔːrz] pronoun 1. Yours faithfully used to end a formal letter that begins Dear Sir or Dear Madam 2. Yours sincerely/​Yours used to end a less formal letter that begins with the name of the person you are writing to, for example Dear Mr… …   Financial and business terms

  • Yours — can be: * The possessive pronoun version of you * Yours , a commonly used but incorrect name of the World War II poem The Life That I Have * Yours , a form of valediction * Yours, a popular song adopted from the Spanish song Quiéreme Mucho ee… …   Wikipedia

  • yours — This possessive pronoun, as used in The blame is not mine but yours, is written without an apostrophe. In compound subjects connected by and, the correct form is (e.g.) Our children and yours should have a joint party, not ☒ Yours and our… …   Modern English usage

  • yours — [yoorz; ] often [ yôrz] pron. [ME youres < your + gen. es: hence, in form, a double poss.] that or those belonging to you: the possessive form of you, used without a following noun, often after of [ that book is yours; yours are better; is she …   English World dictionary

  • Yours — ([ u]rz), pron. See the Note under {Your}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yours — ► POSSESSIVE PRONOUN ▪ used to refer to something belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing …   English terms dictionary

  • yours */*/*/ — UK [jɔː(r)z] / US [jʊrz] / US [jɔrz] pronoun Summary: Yours is a possessive pronoun, being a possessive form of you. It can refer to a singular or plural noun, and it can be the subject, object, or complement of a verb or the object of a… …   English dictionary

  • yours — [[t]jɔ͟ː(r)z, jʊ͟ə(r)z[/t]] ♦♦♦ (Yours is the second person possessive pronoun. Yours can refer to one or more people.) 1) PRON POSS A speaker or writer uses yours to refer to something that belongs or relates to the person or people that they… …   English dictionary

  • yours — pronoun 1 belonging to or connected with the person or people someone is speaking to: This is our room, and yours (=your room) is just opposite. | My eyes are blue and yours are green. | Is Maria a friend of yours? 2 be yours for the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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