\ˈmī, \

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 reduplicated my oh my used also interjectionally with names of various parts of the body to express doubt or disapproval my 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 OH MY GOOD LORD RHYS HOSKINS pic.twitter.com/t4QDhizoFn — chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) August 15, 2017 Three innings later, Hoskins went deep again. Noel Harris, sacbee, "A day after getting his first hit, former Sacramento State star breaks out," 14 Aug. 2017 MY BAD: Yesterday’s newsletter mistakenly called McCain Foods a subsidiary of Mondelez International. Erin Griffith, Fortune, "Term Sheet — Thursday, Aug. 3," 3 Aug. 2017 BBC BETTER HAVE MY MONEY VF.com’s Yohana Desta e-mails: Here’s one way to deal with the wage gap in a sector of the entertainment industry: have the government force a network to reveal the salaries of all its top TV stars. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "The Problem with Hollywood’s Hottest Stock," 19 July 2017 MY UNCLE TOO THOUGH pic.twitter.com/ypPj1tO5Kf — Madison Rae (@MaddieRae5) June 4, 2017 Holshevnikoff was kind of proud of herself. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "79-year-old grandma does a keg stand like a BOSS," 21 June 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 MY UNCLE TOO THOUGH pic.twitter.com/ypPj1tO5Kf — Madison Rae (@MaddieRae5) June 4, 2017 Holshevnikoff was kind of proud of herself. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity.com, "79-year-old grandma does a keg stand like a BOSS," 21 June 2017 MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE Documentary about the Church of Scientology, including re-enactments of stories by ex-members of the organization. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New on DVD this week: 'Power Rangers,' 'Trainspotting' sequel, 'CHIPS,' 'Belko Experiment'," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of my

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for my

Adjective

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

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

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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

—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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