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thou

pronoun \ ˈt͟hau̇ \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of thou

archaic
: the one addressed
  • thou shalt have no other gods before me
  • —Exodus 20:3 (King James Version)
used especially in ecclesiastical or literary language and by Friends as the universal form of address to one person — compare thee, thine, thy, ye, you

Origin and Etymology of thou

Middle English, from Old English thū; akin to Old High German thou, Latin tu, Greek sy


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thou

verb

Definition of thou

transitive verb
: to address as thou

First Known Use of thou

15th century


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thou

noun \ ˈthau̇ \

Definition of thou

plural thou
: a thousand of something (such as dollars)
  • paid 25 thou for the car

Examples of thou in a Sentence

  1. She earns more than a hundred thou a year.

Recent Examples of thou from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of thou

short for thousand


THOU Defined for English Language Learners

thou

pronoun

Definition of thou for English Language Learners

  • —used as a singular form of “you” when it is the subject of a verb


thou

noun

Definition of thou for English Language Learners

  • : a thousand dollars


THOU Defined for Kids

thou

pronoun \ ˈt͟hau̇ \

Definition of thou for Students

: you
  • “But can thou do a true enchantment?”
  • —Jon Scieszka, Knights of the Kitchen Table
Hint: Thou is a very old word that still appears in books and sayings from long ago. People also use it to imitate that old way of speaking.


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