Definitions

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

  • pronoun You. Used in addressing two or more people.

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  • pronoun US, dialect, Midwestern, Appalachian You (as subject or object).

Etymologies

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

[you + dialectal uns, people, variant of ones, pl. of one.]

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From you + form of ones.

Examples

  • Regional innovations, such as yous, yinz, and you-uns, may work just fine for the lucky speech communities of Boston, Pittsburgh, or Appalachia, where many use these forms to say you when addressing more than one local individual.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Regional innovations, such as yous, yinz, and you-uns, may work just fine for the lucky speech communities of Boston, Pittsburgh, or Appalachia, where many use these forms to say you when addressing more than one local individual.

    The English Is Coming!

  • If'n ya dont no who I'm a-talkin bout then you-uns aint from thar.

    Elk in Bars

  • If'n ya dont no who I'm a-talkin bout then you-uns aint from thar.

    Elk in Bars

  • She was also from Pittsburgh, but I never ever heard her use "y'ins" is that a hyperconstricted "you-uns?"

    languagehat.com: Y'ALL.

  • But I've never heard anyone say "you-uns" though I've seen it written.

    languagehat.com: DO WHAT?

  • Just to be clear, I was referring to Do what? and not to tump, which I've never heard, nor to you-uns neither.

    languagehat.com: DO WHAT?

  • The mountaineer says "you-uns" when he is addressing more than one person.

    Sergeant York And His People

  • In many parts of the South are found the expressions, "you-uns" and "we-uns."

    Sergeant York And His People

  • Their phrase, "We-uns never asked you-uns to come here," is certainly most pathetic.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889

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