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[yooz] /yuz/
plural of you.


[yooz; unstressed yuh z, yiz] /yuz; unstressed yəz, yɪz/


[yoo; unstressed yoo, yuh] /yu; unstressed yʊ, yə/
pronoun, possessive your or yours, objective you, plural you.
the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case:
You are the highest bidder. It is you who are to blame. We can't help you. This package came for you. Did she give you the book?
one; anyone; people in general:
a tiny animal you can't even see.
(used in apposition with the subject of a sentence, sometimes repeated for emphasis following the subject):
You children pay attention. You rascal, you!
Informal. (used in place of the pronoun your before a gerund):
There's no sense in you getting upset.
  1. yourself; yourselves:
    Get you home. Make you ready.
  2. a plural form of the pronoun ye1 .
noun, plural yous.
something or someone closely identified with or resembling the person addressed:
Don't buy the bright red shirt—it just isn't you. It was like seeing another you.
the nature or character of the person addressed:
Try to discover the hidden you.
Origin of you
before 900; Middle English; Old English ēow (dative, accusative of ye1); cognate with Old Frisian ju, Old Saxon iu, Dutch u, Old High German iu, eu
Can be confused
ewe, yew, you (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
In American English the pronoun you has been supplemented by additional forms to make clear the distinction between singular and plural. You-all, often pronounced as one syllable, is a widespread spoken form in the South Midland and Southern United States. Its possessive is often you-all's rather than your. You-uns (from you + ones) is a South Midland form most often found in uneducated speech; it is being replaced by you-all. Youse (you + the plural -s ending of nouns), probably of Irish-American origin, is most common in the North, especially in urban centers like Boston, New York, and Chicago. It is rare in educated speech. You guys is a common informal expression among younger speakers; it can include persons of both sexes or even a group of women only. See also me. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yous
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  • Come on, for dear sake, and have your teas, the whole of yous!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • "yous has got a head on yous, Matt, an' no mistake," said the boy admiringly.

  • She just laughs and says, 'Well, yous do beat all de kids I ever knowed.'

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • And in the conjoint position "yous guys" is separated from "you liar."

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • I dunno 'ow I'd get down to orderin' the pair of yous about.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
  • An if you wants to git away, yous got to walk, for hes took the hosses!

    The Ranchman Charles Alden Seltzer
  • An when yous want a nickel or two, let me know, he said with manly tenderness.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • A Daize, yous a da know I beez a kind to you, and he took hold of her arms.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • "I have a little job for yous to do down at Donoughmor," said Peter.

    North, South and Over the Sea M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
British Dictionary definitions for yous


(not standard) refers to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speaker: yous have all had it now, I'm fed up with yous


/juː; unstressed /
pronoun (subjective or objective)
refers to the person addressed or to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speaker: you know better, the culprit is among you
Also one. refers to an unspecified person or people in general: you can't tell the boys from the girls
(mainly US) a dialect word for yourself or yourselves: you should get you a wife now See yourself
(informal) the personality of the person being addressed or something that expresses it: that hat isn't really you
you know what, you know who, a thing or person that the speaker cannot or does not want to specify
Word Origin
Old English ēow, dative and accusative of ye1; related to Old Saxon eu, Old High German iu, Gothic izwis
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Word Origin and History for yous


Old English eow, dative and accusative plural of þu (see thou), objective case of ge, "ye" (see ye), from West Germanic *iuwiz (cf. Old Norse yor, Old Saxon iu, Old Frisian iuwe, Middle Dutch, Dutch u, Old High German iu, iuwih, German euch), from PIE *ju.

Pronunciation of you and the nominative form ye gradually merged from 14c.; the distinction between them passed out of general usage by 1600. Widespread use of French in England after 12c. gave English you the same association as French vous, and it began to drive out singular nominative thou, originally as a sign of respect (similar to the "royal we") when addressing superiors, then equals and strangers, and ultimately (by c.1575) becoming the general form of address. For a more thorough discussion of this, go here. Through 13c. English also retained a dual pronoun ink "you two; your two selves; each other."

Words for "you" in Japanese include anata (formal, used by a wife when addressing her husband), kimi (intimate, used among friends) or the rougher omae (oh-MAI-aye), used when talking down to someone or among male friend showing their manliness. Dial. you-uns, for you-ones, first noted 1810 in Ohio.

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