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my

[ mahy ]
/ maɪ /
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pronoun
(a form of the possessive case of I used as an attributive adjective): My soup is cold.
interjection
Also my-my. (used as an exclamation of mild surprise or dismay): My, what a big house this is! My-my, how old he looks!

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Origin of my

1125–75; Middle English mī, variant of mīn,Old English mīn;see mine1

grammar notes for my

See me.

Other definitions for my (2 of 2)

my-

variant of myo- before some vowels: myalgia.
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How to use my in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for my (1 of 4)

my1
/ (maɪ) /

determiner
of, belonging to, or associated with the speaker or writer (me)my own ideas; do you mind my smoking?
used in various forms of addressmy lord; my dear boy
used in various exclamationsmy goodness!
interjection
an exclamation of surprise, awe, etcmy, how you've grown!

Word Origin for my

C12 mī, variant of Old English mīn when preceding a word beginning with a consonant

British Dictionary definitions for my (2 of 4)

my2

the internet domain name for
Malaysia

British Dictionary definitions for my (3 of 4)

MY

abbreviation for
motor yacht

British Dictionary definitions for my (4 of 4)

my-

combining form
a variant of myo-
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Medical definitions for my (1 of 2)

My

abbr.
myopia

Medical definitions for my (2 of 2)

my-

pref.
Variant ofmyo-
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