[ thangk-yoo ]
/ ˈθæŋkˌyu /
expressing one's gratitude or thanks: a thank-you note.
an expression of thanks, as by saying “thank you”: I never got so much as a thank-you for helping him.
Worldly Ways To Say “Thank You”This small but mighty phrase, which dates from the 15th century, goes a long way in acknowledging kindnesses big and small.
Origin of thank-you
1785–95 for def 2; noun and adj. use of verb phrase thank you
Definition for thank you (2 of 2)
[ thangk ]
/ θæŋk /
verb (used with object)
to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.
Usually thanks. a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise: to return a borrowed book with thanks.
thanks, (used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).
Origin of thank
before 900; (noun) Middle English: favorable thought, goodwill, gratitude, (in singular and plural) expression of thanks; Old English thanc (in singular) expression of thanks, orig., thought, thoughtfulness; (v.) Middle English thanken, Old English thancian (cognate with Dutch, German danken); akin to think1
Related formsthank·er, nounre·thank, verb (used with object)un·thanked, adjectiveun·thank·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thank you (1 of 2)
a conventional expression of gratitude
British Dictionary definitions for thank you (2 of 2)
/ (θæŋk) /
to convey feelings of gratitude to
to hold responsiblehe has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
used in exclamations of reliefthank goodness; thank God
I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etcI'll thank you to mind your own business
Word Origin for thank
Old English thancian; related to Old Frisian thankia, Old Norse thakka, Old Saxon, Old High German thancōn
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Idioms and Phrases with thank you
In addition to the idioms beginning with thank
- thank God
- thank one's lucky stars
- thanks to
- give thanks for small blessings
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