these

[ th eez ]
/ ðiz /

pronoun, adjective

plural of this.

Definition for these (2 of 2)

this

[ th is ]
/ ðɪs /

pronoun, plural these [th eez] /ðiz/.

adjective, plural these [th eez] /ðiz/.

adverb

(used with adjectives and adverbs of quantity or extent) to the extent or degree indicated: this far; this softly.

Origin of this

before 900; (pronoun and adj.) Middle English; Old English: nominative and accusative neuter singular of the demonstrative pronoun thes (masculine), thēos (feminine); cognate with German dies, Old Norse thissi; (adv.) Middle English, special use of the OE instrumental singular thȳs, thīs, accusative singular neuter this, perhaps by association with thus
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British Dictionary definitions for these (1 of 2)

these

/ (ðiːz) /

determiner

  1. the form of this used before a plural nounthese men
  2. (as pronoun)I don't much care for these

British Dictionary definitions for these (2 of 2)

this

/ (ðɪs) /

determiner (used before a singular noun)

adverb

used with adjectives and adverbs to specify a precise degree that is about to be mentionedgo just this fast and you'll be safe

Word Origin for this

Old English thēs, thēos, this (masculine, feminine, neuter singular); related to Old Saxon thit, Old High German diz, Old Norse thessi
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Idioms and Phrases with these (1 of 2)

these


see one of these days.

Idioms and Phrases with these (2 of 2)

this


In addition to the idioms beginning with this

  • this and that
  • this is where I came in
  • this side of

also see:

  • at this point
  • at this rate
  • at this stage
  • from this day forward
  • in this day and age
  • out of this world
  • shuffle off (this mortal coil)
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