Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • pronoun Used as the direct object of a verb.
  • pronoun Used as the indirect object of a verb.
  • pronoun Used as the object of a preposition.
  • pronoun Used in the nominative as well as the objective case, especially by members of the Society of Friends.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The objective case of thou.
  • Thy: as, where's thee manners ?
  • To thrive; prosper.
  • The form theech, from thee ich, is also found in the phrase so theech, so may I thrive; also so theek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To thrive; to prosper.
  • pronoun The objective case of thou. See thou.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The name of the letter ⟨(⟩, which stands for the th sound IPA: /ð/ in Pitman shorthand.
  • pronoun archaic, literary Objective case of thou.
  • pronoun Thou.
  • verb intransitive, archaic, literary To thrive; prosper.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English thee, the, from Old English þē ("thee", originally dative, but later also accusative), from Proto-Germanic *þiz (“thee”), from Proto-Indo-European *te- (“second-person singular pronoun”). Cognate with German Low German du ("thee"), German dir ("thee", dative pron.), Icelandic þér ("thee"). More at thou.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English theen ("to increase, prosper, flourish"), from Old English þēon ("to thrive, prosper, flourish, grow"), from Proto-Germanic *þinhanan (“to thrive, succeed”), from Proto-Indo-European *tenk-, *tenkh- (“to succeed, turn out well”). Cognate with Dutch gedijen ("to flourish, thrive, prosper, succeed"), German gedeihen ("to thrive"), Gothic  (gaþeihan, "to increase, thrive").

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • i want to call you thou, the sound

    of the shape of the start

    of a kiss — like this, thou —

    and to say, after, i love,

    thou, i love, thou i love, not

    i love you.

    because i so do —

    as we say now — i want to say

    thee, i adore, i adore thee,

    and to know in my lips

    the syntax of love resides,

    and to gaze in thine eyes.

    love’s language starts, stops, starts;

    the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.

    - c. a. d

    January 9, 2007