American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- pro. Used to indicate the one being addressed, especially in a literary, liturgical, or devotional context.
- n. Slang A thousand, especially of dollars.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A personal pronoun of the second person, in the singular number, nominative case, the possessive case being thy or thine, and the objective thee: plural, ye or you, your, you. See thine and you.
- In ordinary English use the place of thou has been taken by you, which is properly plural, and takes a plural verb. Thou is now little used except archaically, in poetry, provincially, in addressing the Deity, and by the Friends, who usually say not thou but thee, putting a verb in the third person singular with it: as, thee is or is thee?
- Formerly it was used in general address, and often bore special significance, according to circumstances, as noting— equality, familiarity, or intimacy
- superiority on the part of the speaker
- contempt or scorn for the person addressed (see thou, v.).
- To address as “thou”: implying (except when referring to the usage of the Friends) familiarity, wrath, scorn, contempt, etc.
- To use thou, thee, thy, and thine in discourse, as do the Friends.
- pro. archaic, literary you singular informal, nominative case
- v. transitive To address (a person) using the pronoun thou, especially as an expression of familiarity or contempt.
- v. intransitive To use the word thou.
- n. A unit of length equal to one-thousandth of an inch.
- n. slang A thousand, especially a thousand dollars, a thousand pounds sterling, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- pro. The second personal pronoun, in the singular number, denoting the person addressed; thyself; the pronoun which is used in addressing persons in the solemn or poetical style.
- v. To address as
thou, esp. to do so in order to treat with insolent familiarity or contempt.
- v. rare To use the words
thouand theein discourse after the manner of the Friends.
- n. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
- Shortened from thousand. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English thū, second person nominative sing. personal pron.; see tu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“How shouldst thou so utterly desert me, Zorzi -- _thou_, and my people whom I love!”
“Tell me now, thou of the gray head, of what art _thou_ thinking? ”
“With a wild cry she broke from him, and as bitter tears ran down her cheek, she said, "O Kephalos, Kephalos, why hast thou done thus? all my love was thine, and _thou_ hast drawn me into evil deeds.”
“Happy ferry-man, thought Grainier, thou aspirest not to fame; thou composest no epithalamiums.”
“But wilt thou make a fire, or shall I complain on thee to our mistress, whose hand, she being now at hand, thou shalt soon feel, to thy cold comfort, for being slow in thy hot office?”
“And thou, he said, thou gavest me thine oath that thou wouldst bring me in safety to Ehrenfels.”
“Wilt thou be quiet, said the wolf, thou wilt waken up the people!”
“Say, whither art thou leading this glutton, thou wretched swineherd, this plaguy beggar, a kill-joy of the feast?”
“But thou art a thing preferred to honour: thou art thyself a fragment torn from God: thou hast a portion of Him within thyself.”
“Before thou receivest my daughter, and half of my kingdom, said he to him, thou must perform one more heroic deed.”
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Protagonists and relevant words in the Book of Creation (Source: King James Bible)
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