- the objective case of I, used as a direct or indirect object: They asked me to the party. Give me your hand.
- Informal. (used instead of the pronoun I in the predicate after the verb to be): It's me.
- Informal. (used instead of the pronoun my before a gerund): Did you hear about me getting promoted?
- of or involving an obsessive interest in one's own satisfaction: the me decade.
Origin of me
Me and other objective forms have also replaced the subjective forms in speech in constructions like Me neither; Not us; Who, them? and in comparisons after as or than: She's no faster than him at getting the answers. When the pronoun is the subject of a verb that is expressed, the nominative forms are used: Neither did I. She's no faster than he is at getting the answers. See also than.
3. When a verb form ending in -ing functions as a noun, it is traditionally called a gerund: Walking is good exercise. She enjoys reading biographies. Usage guides have long insisted that gerunds, being nouns, must be preceded by the possessive form of the pronouns or nouns ( my; your; her; his; its; our; their; child's; author's ) rather than by the objective forms ( me; you; him; her; it; us; them ): The landlord objected to my (not me ) having guests late at night. Several readers were delighted at the author's (not author ) taking a stand on the issue. In standard practice, however, both objective and possessive forms appear before gerunds. Possessives are more common in formal edited writing, but the occurrence of objective forms is increasing; in informal writing and speech objective forms are more common: Many objections have been raised to the government (or government's ) allowing lumbering in national parks. “Does anyone object to me (or my ) reading this report aloud?” the moderator asked.
- Maine (approved especially for use with zip code).
- Middle East.
- Middle English.
- the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.
- (used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
- Metaphysics. the ego.
Origin of I
- (often lowercase) managing editor.
- Master of Education.
- Master of Engineering.
- Mechanical Engineer.
- Medical Examiner.
- Methodist Episcopal.
- Middle English.
- Mining Engineer.
- refers to the speaker or writerthat shocks me; he gave me the glass
- (when used an an indirect object) mainly US a dialect word for myself I want to get me a car
- informal the personality of the speaker or writer or something that expresses itthe real me comes out when I'm happy
- a variant spelling of mi
- the methyl group
- Marine Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Methodist Episcopal
- Mining Engineer
- Middle English
- (in titles) Most Excellent
- myalgic encephalopathy
- the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
- any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
- something shaped like an I
- (in combination)an I-beam
- dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail
- the imaginary number √–1Also called: j
- (subjective) refers to the speaker or writer
- Italy (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for me
Old English me (dative), me, mec (accusative); oblique cases of I, from Proto-Germanic *meke (accusative), *mes (dative), cf. Old Frisian mi/mir, Old Saxon mi, Middle Dutch mi, Dutch mij, Old High German mih/mir, German mich/mir, Old Norse mik/mer, Gothic mik/mis; from PIE root *me-, oblique form of the personal pronoun of the first person singular (nominative *eg; see I); cf. Sanskrit, Avestan mam, Greek eme, Latin me, mihi, Old Irish me, Welsh mi "me," Old Church Slavonic me, Hittite ammuk.
Erroneous or vulgar use for nominative (e.g. it is me) attested from c.1500. Dative preserved in obsolete meseems, methinks and expressions such as sing me a song ("dative of interest"). Reflexively, "myself, for myself, to myself" from late Old English.
12c. shortening of Old English ic, first person singular nominative pronoun, from Proto-Germanic *ekan (cf. Old Frisian ik, Old Norse ek, Norwegian eg, Danish jeg, Old High German ih, German ich, Gothic ik), from PIE *eg-, nominative form of the first person singular pronoun (cf. Sanskrit aham, Hittite uk, Latin ego (source of French Je), Greek ego, Russian ja, Lithuanian aš). Reduced to i by mid-12c. in northern England, it began to be capitalized mid-13c. to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.
The reason for writing I is ... the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a 'long i' (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral 'one' was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun. [Otto Jespersen, "Growth and Structure of the English Language," p.233]
The form ich or ik, especially before vowels, lingered in northern England until c.1400 and survived in southern dialects until 18c. The dot on the "small" letter -i- began to appear in 11c. Latin manuscripts, to distinguish the letter from the stroke of another letter (such as -m- or -n-). Originally a diacritic, it was reduced to a dot with the introduction of Roman type fonts.
abbreviation of Middle English, attested by 1874.
- medical examiner
- The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.
- The symbol for electric current.
- The symbol for iodine.
Idioms and Phrases with me
see dear me; so help me.
see dot the i's and cross the t's.