interjection Etymology: alteration of (I) pray thee Date: circa 1590 archaic — used to express a wish or request

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  • Prithee — Prith ee, interj. A corruption of pray thee; as, I prithee; generally used without I. Shak. [1913 Webster] What was that scream for, I prithee? L Estrange. [1913 Webster] Prithee, tell me, Dimple chin. E. C. Stedman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prithee — 1520s, altered from phrase (I) pray thee (see PRAY (Cf. pray)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prithee — [prith′ē] interj. [altered < pray thee] Archaic I pray thee; please …   English World dictionary

  • prithee — interjection /prɪði/ Short for I pray thee , i.e. Please. What tidings send our scouts? I prithee, speak. Henry VI part 1, William Shakespeare …   Wiktionary

  • prithee — /pridh ee/, interj. Archaic. (I) pray thee. [1570 80; by shortening and alter.] * * * …   Universalium

  • prithee — prith|ee [ˈprıði] interjection old use [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: (I) pray thee (I) pray you ] please …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prithee — prith|ee [ prıði ] interjection an old word meaning please …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prithee — expression of wish or request Forthright s Forsoothery …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • prithee — prɪðɪ interj. please! (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prithee — [ prɪδi:] exclamation archaic please. Origin C16: abbrev. of I pray thee …   English new terms dictionary

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