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Definitions of thou

  1. the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To address as thou, esp. to do so in order to treat with insolent familiarity or contempt. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To use the words thou and thee in discourse after the manner of the Friends. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Nominative singular of the pronoun of the second person, grave form. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Of the 2nd pers. sing., denoting the person addressed; (used chiefly in solemn address, or in poetry.). The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The person spoken to: now superseded in common usage by the plural form you. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Second person sing. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. To treat with familiarity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. To use thou and thee in discourse. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. thow, pron. of the second person sing., the person addressed (now generally used only in solemn address). [A.S. ðú; cog. with Goth. thu, Gr. tu, L. tu, Sans. tva-m.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. (object. thee, pl. YE, YOU), & v.t. & i. Sing. pron. of 2nd pers., now archaic or poet. exc. in addressing God and (usu. thee as subject. with 3rd pers. vb) as used by Quakers; (v.t.) address (person) as t.; (v.i.) use t. instead of you. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. pron. [Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, Latin, Greek] The second personal pronoun, in the singular number, denoting the person addressed - used in the solemn or poetical style and by Quakers. Cabinet Dictionary

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