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Definition of my

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or relating to me or myself especially as possessor, agent, object of an action, or familiar person my car my injuries my man
2 used interjectionally to express surprise and sometimes reduplicatedmy oh my used also interjectionally with names of various parts of the body to express doubt or disapprovalmy footMy eye!

Definition of my (Entry 2 of 3)

million years
variants: or myo-

Definition of my- (Entry 3 of 3)

: muscle myoglobin : muscle and myoneural

Examples of my in a Sentence

Adjective I enjoy my job very much. My favorite TV show was on last night. When I woke up this morning, my head ached and my throat was sore. My wife and I both love to dance. I always keep my promises. It was my fault that we lost the game.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective THE SUMMER OF ALL MY PARENTS Coming-of-age comedy-drama about a pair of sisters who spend the summer shuttling back and forth between their divorced parents. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New on DVD: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,' 'Jessica Jones' and more," 22 Aug. 2017 MY DAD does not have bad taste in restaurants—far from it. Jane Black, WSJ, "A Grown-Up’s Guide to ‘Fast-Fine’ Dining," 8 June 2017 But for me, a great pastry has the ability to brighten my day, impress a group of friends or make someone feel loved. Danika Worthington, The Know, "The perfect vegan pastry for 4 scenarios as picked by Make, Believe Bakery in Denver," 28 Feb. 2017 My sister, the baby’s grandmother, while not wanting to impose her beliefs on the parents, comes from a generation when even couples who were not demonstrably religious usually had their baby baptized. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Secret baptism for baby is scheme that’s all wet," 3 Jan. 2017 The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. Mark Purdy, The Mercury News, "Purdy: 49ers end a rotten season with firings and uncertainty, so here’s what should come next," 1 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of my


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for my


Middle English, from Old English mīn, from mīn, suppletive genitive of ic I; akin to Old English me

Combining form

New Latin, from Greek, from mys mouse, muscle — more at mouse entry 1

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The first known use of my was in the 12th century

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“My.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/my. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of my

: relating to or belonging to me : made or done by me
used to express affection for someone you are talking to
informal used by itself and in phrases to express surprise, excitement, or fear
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Kids Definition of my

: belonging or relating to me or myself my head my injuries

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