interjection Archaic.

(I) pray thee.

Origin of prithee

First recorded in 1570–80; by shortening and alteration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prithee



archaic pray thee; please

Word Origin for prithee

C16: shortened from I pray thee
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Word Origin and History for prithee

1570s, altered from phrase (I) pray thee (14c.; see pray).

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