thee

[ th ee ]
/ ði /
|

pronoun

the objective case of thou1: With this ring, I thee wed. I shall bring thee a mighty army.
thou (now used chiefly by the Friends).

Nearby words

  1. thecium,
  2. theco-,
  3. thecodont,
  4. thecoma,
  5. thecostegnosis,
  6. theelin,
  7. theelol,
  8. theft,
  9. theft insurance,
  10. theftproof

Origin of thee

before 900; Middle English; Old English thē (orig. dative; later dative and accusative); cognate with Low German di, German dir, Old Norse thēr. See thou1

thou

1
[ th ou ]
/ ðaʊ /

pronoun, singular, nominative thou; possessive thy or thine; objective thee; plural, nominative you or ye; possessive your or yours; objective you or ye.

Archaic except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose. the personal pronoun of the second person singular in the nominative case (used to denote the person or thing addressed): Thou shalt not kill.
(used by the Friends) a familiar form of address of the second person singular.

verb (used with object)

to address as “thou.”

verb (used without object)

to use “thou” in discourse.

Origin of thou

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English thū; cognate with German, Middle Dutch du, Old Norse thū, Gothic thu, Old Irish tú, Welsh, Cornish ti, Latin tū, Doric Greek tý, Lithuanian tù, OCS ty; akin to Sanskrit tvam; (v.) late Middle English thowen, derivative of the pronoun

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British Dictionary definitions for thee

thee

/ (ðiː) /

pronoun

the objective form of thou 1
(subjective) rare refers to the person addressed: used mainly by members of the Society of Friends

Word Origin for thee

Old English thē; see thou 1

thou

1
/ (ðaʊ) /

pronoun (subjective)

archaic, dialect refers to the person addressed: used mainly in familiar address or to a younger person or inferior
(usually capital) refers to God when addressed in prayer, etc

Word Origin for thou

Old English thū; related to Old Saxon thū, Old High German du, Old Norse thū, Latin tū, Doric Greek tu

thou

2
/ (θaʊ) /

noun plural thous or thou

one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre
informal short for thousand
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Word Origin and History for thee
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