Definitions

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

  • pro. Chiefly Northern U.S. You. Used in addressing two or more people or referring to two or more people, one of whom is addressed. See Notes at you-all, you-uns.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • you are, you're
  • pro. You (plural). Sometimes as youse guys
  • pro. You (singular).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chetah or hunting-leopard, Guepardus jubatus. Also youze. See cut under chetah.

Etymologies

you + -s1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
you + -s plural suffix (Wiktionary)
Contraction of you is. (Wiktionary)

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  • I love the 'How to Speak 19th Century' page! It reminds me of John's list of Olde Fashyned Slang:

    http://wordie.org/people/John?wl=917

    July 19, 2007

  • Oh, and here's something right up our "alley"

    July 11, 2007

  • Thanks, o. The list grows ever longer. :-)

    July 11, 2007

  • I'd recommend "Grammatical Man" by Jeremy Campbell. And, as a complement to The Language Instinct try "The Math Instinct" by Keith Devlin. Both are absolutely fascinating...

    July 11, 2007

  • Thanks, seanahan--been thinking about reading that one myself. I'll add it to my 20-page reading list. ;-)

    July 11, 2007

  • Thanks, the book is in my library and on my very long to-read list. Perhaps I will now be inspired to get to it sooner rather than later. Any other books you would particulary recommend to Wordies? I know that, too, could be a very long list.

    July 11, 2007

  • Re: Johnnies come Lately, I suggest you read Stephen Pinker's excellent The Language Instinct . It is a must for any self-respecting Wordie and the whole section on headless compounds will help explain this problem.

    July 11, 2007

  • Thanks for the reference, r.

    July 10, 2007

  • You're right, kad. Slumry, in addition to you'uns, see y'all for more Wordie shenanigans. :-)

    July 10, 2007

  • Well, silly me: it is Johnnies-come-lately or Johnny-come-latelies. Of course. How could I not have known.

    July 10, 2007

  • Yes, well some of us johnny-come-latelys missed earlier discussions. ;-)

    Or is it Johnny-comes-lately; surely not Johnny-come-latelies?

    July 10, 2007

  • there was a you'uns thread going...

    July 10, 2007

  • Didn't we have the youse/yins/y'all discussion somewhere else?

    Or maybe it wasn't youse guys. ;->

    July 10, 2007

  • That's good!

    July 10, 2007

  • It's OK. I'm yoused to that kind of thing. ;)

    July 10, 2007

  • Nonstandard--a word not to be used unless one is prepared to take the consequences.

    July 10, 2007