American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Archaic The.
- pro. Archaic You.
- pro. Archaic You.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The personal pronoun of the second person, in the plural number: now commonly applied also (originally with some notion of distinction or compliment, as in the case of the royal we) to a single individual, in place of the singular forms thee and thou—a use resulting in the partial degradation of thou to a term of familiarity or of contempt. Ye is archaic, and little used except in exalted address and poetry. As carefully discriminated, especially in the older English, the nominative and vocative being ye and the dative and accusative you.
- As used without discrimination of case-form between nominative and objective.
- As used for a single subject.
- A Middle English form of yea.
- n. An obsolete variant of eye.
- pro. dialectal, Northern England, Cornish you (the people being addressed).
- v. obsolete Address a single person by the use of the pronoun ye instead of thou.
- archaic, definite the
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Middle English þe. The letter y is a variant of þ ("thorn"), a letter which corresponds to modern th, but letter þ did not exist in first press typographies, so was replaced using either "th" or "y". Etymological y was for a time distinguished by a dot, ẏ, but the letters were conflated when that was dropped. (Wiktionary)
- Misreading of ye, from Middle English þe, spelling of the, the (using the letter thorn).Middle English, from Old English gē; see yu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Weel, if ye dinna ken that, said the resolute farmer, ye ken this; ye ken yere whiles obliged to be up our water in the way o your business; now, if ye let me stay quietly here the night wi the Captain, Ise pay ye double fees for the room; and if ye say no, ye shall hae the best sark-fu o sair banes that ever ye had in your life, the first time ye set a foot by Liddel-moat!”
“When ye were encamped on the near side of the valley, and they were on the further side, and the caravan was below you, if ye have made an engagement to _attack_, ye would assuredly have failed the engagement; but _ye were led into action notwithstanding_, that God might accomplish the thing _destined_ to be done.”
“I want ter show ye she's sound's a nut -- _ye won't pay my price ef I doan't_.”
“Ye mustn't do that agin, sonny; ye must come whether ye've money or no; times is hard, but, I swear, I kin give _ye_ a loaf any time. ”
“_Obey ye your rulers, or governors_, Heb.xiii. 17; where the words _obey ye_ doth not”
“_Whatsoever_ ye would that men should do to you, do _ye even so to them_.”
“In the second Súra Abu 'Umr reads: "Nor shall ye be questioned concerning that which _they_ have done;" but' Ásim reads: "That which _ye_ have done.”
“I do not serve what ye serve; nor will ye serve what I serve; nor will I serve what ye serve; nor will ye serve what I serve; ye have your religion, and I have my religion!”
“They will ask thee what is lawful for them? say, Lawful for you are good things and what ye have taught beasts of prey (to catch), training them like dogs; ye teach them as God taught you; so eat of what they catch for you, and mention the name of God over it, and fear God, for verily, God is swift in reckoning up.”
“O ye who disbelieve! excuse not yourselves to-day; ye shall only be rewarded for that which ye have done.”
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