you know

Definition of you know

informal
1 used when one is trying to help someone remember something
  • They live on the other side of town. You know—near the golf course.
  • He was in our history class—you know—the tall blond guy in the front row.
2 used for emphasis
  • You know, we really have to go.
  • It's cold outside, you know.
  • You know, you really should write a novel.
3 used when one is not sure of what to say or how to say it
  • Would you like to, you know, go out sometime?
  • We're planning to go shopping and, you know, just hang out.

Word by Word Definitions

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

know play
  1. : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up you know? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!