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or timothy grass

[tim-uh-thee] /ˈtɪm ə θi/
noun, plural timothies.
a coarse grass, Phleum pratense, having cylindrical spikes, used as fodder.
Origin of timothy
First recorded in 1730-40; named after Timothy Hanson, American farmer who cultivated it in the early 18th century


[tim-uh-thee] /ˈtɪm ə θi/
a disciple and companion of the apostle Paul, to whom Paul is supposed to have addressed two Epistles.
either of these Epistles, I Timothy or II Timothy.
Abbreviation: I Tim., II Tim.
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • "Some one of us should be running for office," said Uncle timothy.

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  • Uncle timothy, you can see—I need more money than other women.

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  • "I've refused all these to Uncle timothy; he's been worrying me with questions—" I said desperately.

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  • No one was more puzzled by my appearance than Uncle timothy himself.

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  • Let her read timothy chapter two, ninth to fifteenth verses.'

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British Dictionary definitions for timothy


noun (New Testament)
Saint. a disciple of Paul, who became leader of the Christian community at Ephesus. Feast day: Jan 26 or 22
either of the two books addressed to him (in full The First and Second Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy), containing advice on pastoral matters
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Word Origin and History for timothy


masc. proper name, from French Timothée, from Latin Timotheus, from Greek Timotheos, literally "honoring God," from time "honor, respect" + theos "god" (see Thea).


1747, short for timothy grass (1736), American English name for "meadow cat's-tail grass" (Phleum pratense), a native British grass introduced to the American colonies and cultivated there from c.1720, said to be so called for Timothy Hanson, who was first to cultivate it as an agricultural plant.

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