[ yoo; unstressed yoo, yuh ]
/ yu; unstressed yʊ, yə /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: you / yours / your on Thesaurus.com

pronoun, possessive your or yours,objective you,plural you.
noun, plural yous.
something or someone closely identified with or resembling the person addressed: Don't buy the bright red shirt—it just isn't you. It was like seeing another you.
the nature or character of the person addressed: Try to discover the hidden you.


What Are All Of The Different Ways To Pluralize "You"?

What's up you guys?! Or wait, should it be what's up y'all? Let's break down all of the ways you can address the plural you.

Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of you

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English ēow (dative, accusative of ye1); cognate with Old Frisian ju, Old Saxon iu, Dutch u, Old High German iu, eu

usage note for you

In American English the pronoun you has been supplemented by additional forms to make clear the distinction between singular and plural. You-all is a widespread spoken form in the South Midland and Southern United States. A closely related monosyllabic form is written y'all and is used both in and outside of the South Midland and Southern United States, evoking a familiar and informal tone rather than indicating a regional identity. The possessive forms for these are often you-all's and y'all's, respectively, rather than your. You-uns (from you + ones ) is a South Midland form most often found in nonstandard speech; it is being replaced by you-all or y'all. Youse ( you + the plural -s ending of nouns), probably of Irish-American origin, is most common in the North, especially in urban centers like Boston, New York, and Chicago. It is rare in educated speech. You guys is a common informal expression used for plural you. It does not have a strong regional or dialectal association, but its usage is in flux among some populations of speakers. People who adopted plural you guys in the 1980s and 90s may use it as a gender-neutral plural, referring to any group without regard to sex or even a group of women only. Younger speakers and politically progressive speakers are more likely to perceive you guys as gendered and problematically noninclusive of trans and nonbinary people, and as such tend to avoid its use. See also me.


ewe, yew, you
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use you in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for you

/ (juː, unstressed ) /

pronoun (subjective or objective)
refers to the person addressed or to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speakeryou know better; the culprit is among you
Also: one refers to an unspecified person or people in generalyou can't tell the boys from the girls
mainly US a dialect word for yourself or yourselvesyou should get you a wife now See yourself
informal the personality of the person being addressed or something that expresses itthat hat isn't really you
you know what or you know who a thing or person that the speaker cannot or does not want to specify

Word Origin for you

Old English ēow, dative and accusative of ye 1; related to Old Saxon eu, Old High German iu, Gothic izwis

undefined you

See me 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with you


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.