Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Used to refer to oneself as speaker or writer.
  • n. The self; the ego.
  • The symbol for the element iodine.
  • Electricity The symbol for current.
  • The symbol for the Roman numeral 1.
  • abbr. incomplete
  • abbr. interstate
  • abbr. isospin

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ninth letter of the basic modern Latin alphabet.
  • n. Symbol for iodine.
  • n. Isotopic spin.
  • n. Italy
  • n. Electrical current.
  • n. IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for isoleucine
  • n. cardinal number one.
  • n. The ninth letter of the English alphabet, called i and written in the Latin script.
  • n. The ordinal number ninth, derived from this letter of the English alphabet, called i and written in the Latin script.
  • pro. The speaker or writer, referred to as the grammatical subject, of a sentence.
  • n. The ego.
  • abbr. interstate

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ic; see eg in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviation. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English I, ik (also ich), from Old English ih, ic ("I"), from Proto-Germanic *ik, *ek (“I”), from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂ (“I”). Cognate with Scots I, ik, A ("I"), West Frisian ik ("I"), Dutch ik ("I"), Low German ik ("I"), German ich ("I"), Bavarian I ("I"), Danish jeg ("I"), Swedish jag ("I"), Icelandic ég, eg ("I"), Latin ego ("I"), Ancient Greek ἐγώ (ego), Russian я (ja, "I"), Lithuanian  ("I"). See also ich. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "It isn't -- I didn't -- you can't prove anything about me, Bert Bobbsey, and if you go around telling that I took your ice cream, I-- I---"

    The Bobbsey Twins at School

  • I-- _I_ of course knew nothing about it; I only knew about the garden-party at Lady Margaret.

    The Invader A Novel

  • I-- _I_ got in under their nose while the big Mohammed was turned away without sight of his uncle, "bragged the little Imp." I am a clever boy, I.

    The Palace of Darkened Windows

  • In all my living, he argues, whether I sin or turn to God, whether I doubt or believe, whether I know or am ignorant, in all _I know that I am I_.

    The Approach to Philosophy

  • "I-- _I_," she cried at length, her black eyes holding me as I stood, weak and faint, clinging unconsciously to the coffin for support.

    The Best Short Stories of 1919 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • Wasn't it necessary we should know it? Oh! "with a shudder of disgust," I wish I could make you understand how ashamed I feel -- how WICKED and ashamed I feel that I-- _I_ should have disgraced father's memory by ...

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

  • I felt as if it was the utter injustice of God that I-- _I_ -- had to be mixed up in it.

    The Belfry

  • Till the stone is lifted, and the Brahmins come down singing the songs that I know, and feed me with warm milk, and take me to the light again, I-- I-- _I_, and no other, am the Warden of the King's Treasure!

    The Second Jungle Book

  • I-- I---- but there, seeing you have robbed me of what I thought was my legitimate fortune, don't try to rob me of my good name.

    "The Pomp of Yesterday"

  • "I know it, but I-- I----" And then the young man, having tried to get to his feet, suddenly collapsed and became unconscious again.

    The Rover Boys in Business Or, The search for the missing bonds

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  • Boy

    January 2, 2010

  • Whatever algorithm selects the examples seems to favour repetition: I'm seeing lots of 'I--I' and even a little 'I--I--I'.

    November 18, 2009