thank-you

[ thangk-yoo ]
/ ˈθæŋkˌyu /

adjective

expressing one's gratitude or thanks: a thank-you note.

noun

an expression of thanks, as by saying “thank you”: I never got so much as a thank-you for helping him.

Nearby words

  1. thanjavur,
  2. thank,
  3. thank god,
  4. thank one's lucky stars,
  5. thank you,
  6. thank-you-ma'am,
  7. thankee,
  8. thankful,
  9. thankfully,
  10. thankless

Origin of thank-you

1785–95 for def 2; noun and adj. use of verb phrase thank you

thank

[ thangk ]
/ θæŋk /

verb (used with object)

to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.

noun

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.

interjection

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

thank you

interjection, noun

a conventional expression of gratitude

thank

/ (θæŋk) /

verb (tr)

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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Word Origin and History for thank you
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Idioms and Phrases with thank you

thank

In addition to the idioms beginning with thank

  • thank God
  • thank one's lucky stars
  • thanks to

also see:

  • give thanks for small blessings
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