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Definitions of thou

  1. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
  2. 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.
  3. To address as thou, esp. to do so in order to treat with insolent familiarity or contempt.
  4. To use the words thou and thee in discourse after the manner of the Friends.
  5. Nominative singular of the pronoun of the second person, grave form.
  6. Of the second person sing., the person addressed, now gen. used only in solemn address. " Thou, as in Shakespeare’ s time, was ( 1) the pronoun of affection towards friends, ( 2) of good- humored superiority to servants, and ( 3) of contempt or anger to strangers. It had, however, already fallen somewhat into disuse, and being regarded as archaic, was naturally adopted ( 4) in the higher poetic style and in the language of solemn prayer."- E. A. Abbott.
  7. Of the 2nd pers. sing., denoting the person addressed; ( used chiefly in solemn address, or in poetry.).
  8. The person spoken to: now superseded in common usage by the plural form you.
  9. Second person sing.
  10. To treat with familiarity.
  11. To use thou and thee in discourse.
  12. The pron. sing. of the second person, used in speaking to a person; now seldom used, except in solemn discourse or in addressing the Deity; still used by the Society of Friends or Quakers in their ordinary conversation; but among the uneducated, thee, the objective form, is very commonly and incorrectly substituted for thou.
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Quotes of thou

  1. Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe thou that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it: it is not to the action that it is due, but to the manner of performing it. – Akhenaton
  2. But since the world, which thou art to strive against, is not without thee, but within thee, it follows, that it is also to be conquered not without, but within thee. – Johann Arndt
  3. Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. For, those, whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow. Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me. – John Donne
  4. London, thou art the flower of cities all! – William Dunbar
  5. A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World! – Henry Fielding
  6. First get an absolute conquest over thyself, and then thou wilt easily govern thy wife. – Thomas Fuller
  7. If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. – Thomas Fuller
  8. God be praised for his gracious long suffering towards me in sparing my life so long. Grant, gracious God, that I may make a good use of the time that thou mayest be pleased yet to grant me for repentance. – Patrick Gordon
  9. O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars. – Christopher Marlowe
  10. Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue? – James Montgomery
  11. The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. – George Edward Moore
  12. Art thou the King of the Jews? – Pontius Pilate
  13. And these things are pretty much foundational: thou shall not kill, steal, bear false witness. All these things are embedded into the laws we enjoy in our nation. – Pat Robertson
  14. That though thou seest it no great matter to be separated from Christ now, yet when the heavens shall be in a flaming fire, and the earth shall give up the dead that be in it. – Thomas Shepard
  15. Come, let us make love deathless, thou and I. – Herbert Trench

Usage examples for thou

  1. Then tell me, who is she thou brought'st with thee? – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  2. But how thou look'st! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. " Thou and the King- yes," he muttered. – The White Shield by Bertram Mitford
  4. What can'st thou say? – The Toy Shop (1735) The King and the Miller of Mansfield (1737) by Robert Dodsley
  5. I am as well in my wits as thou art." – Shakespeare and Music by Christopher Wilson
  6. Go not thou far from me. – The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians by E. A. Wallis Budge
  7. How old art thou – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  8. What name wearest thou – The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz
  9. Thou dostn't think on that, mother! – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  10. Thou of all men! – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  11. Then, what did thou do?" – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  12. But he set her down beside him and said: What fearest thou then? – The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs by William Morris
  13. Oh, how thou speakest, it rejoiceth me to hear. – A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume I. by R. Dodsley
  14. Yes, I will, and thou must help me." – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  15. Look not thou for more than this. – The Extant Odes of Pindar by Pindar
  16. No, and that thou 'lt not. – More English Fairy Tales by Various
  17. But thou thou O beloved! – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  18. For domestic happiness, it needed only the advice given a little later in this instruction: Let thy face be bright what time thou livest. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  19. Oh, thou that sleepest, what is sleep? – Four-Dimensional Vistas by Claude Fayette Bragdon
  20. It was I that sent him to lie to thee, that thou shouldst not go home. – Hetty's Strange History by Anonymous

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