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interjection Archaic.
  1. (I) pray thee.
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Origin of prithee

First recorded in 1570–80; by shortening and alteration
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Examples from the Web for prithee

Historical Examples

  • Prithee, Mr. Sancho, let's have no more of those insipid proverbs.

    The Politician Out-Witted

    Samuel Low

  • Prithee, how else shall we make our roads and plant our trees?

  • Prithee, allow us to feast our eyes on so glorious a sign of thy valiantness!

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Where now prithee is divine Eryx, thy master of fruitless fame?

  • Prithee did he fall up the steps or down the steps, Uncle Dick?

British Dictionary definitions for prithee


  1. archaic pray thee; please
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Word Origin

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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