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ˈmī How to pronounce my (audio)
: of or relating to me or myself especially as possessor, agent, object of an action, or familiar person
my car
my injuries
my man
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 foot
My eye!


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million years


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combining form

variants or myo-
: muscle
: muscle and

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
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, 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, 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, 1 Jan. 2017

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Word History



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

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“My.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to me or myself
my head
kept my promise
my injuries

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