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thou

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pronoun thau̇\

Definition of thou

archaic

  1. :  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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to address as thou

First Known Use of thou

15th century


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thou

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noun \ˈthau̇\

Definition of thou

plural

thou

  1. :  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.

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Origin and Etymology of thou

short for thousand


THOU Defined for English Language Learners

thou

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pronoun

Definition of thou for English Language Learners

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

thou

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noun

Definition of thou for English Language Learners

  • : a thousand dollars


THOU Defined for Kids

thou

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pronoun thau̇\

Definition of thou for Students

  1. :  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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