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 The person spoken to: now superseded in common usage by the plural form you.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. 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.

Usage examples for thou

  1. But how thou look'st! – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. 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
  3. Look not thou for more than this. – The Extant Odes of Pindar by Pindar
  4. But thou, thou, O beloved! – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. Oh, thou that sleepest, what is sleep? – Four-Dimensional Vistas by Claude Fayette Bragdon
  6. No, and that thou 'lt not. – More English Fairy Tales by Various
  7. What can'st thou say? – The Toy Shop (1735) The King and the Miller of Mansfield (1737) by Robert Dodsley
  8. Thou dostn't think on that, mother! – Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  9. Then, what did thou do?" – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  10. Yes, I will, and thou must help me." – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  11. Then tell me, who is she thou brought'st with thee? – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  12. It was I that sent him to lie to thee, that thou shouldst not go home. – Hetty's Strange History by Anonymous
  13. Oh, how thou speakest, it rejoiceth me to hear. – A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume I. by R. Dodsley
  14. Thou of all men! – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  15. I am as well in my wits as thou art." – Shakespeare and Music by Christopher Wilson
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Go not thou far from me. – The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians by E. A. Wallis Budge
  19. " Thou and the King- yes," he muttered. – The White Shield by Bertram Mitford