Definition of thou:

part of speech: pronoun

Of the 2nd pers. sing., denoting the person addressed; ( used chiefly in solemn address, or in poetry.).

part of speech: pronoun

Of the second person sing., the person addressed, now gen. used only in solemn address. " Thou, as in Shakespeare’ s time, was ( 1) the pronoun of affection towards friends, ( 2) of good- humored superiority to servants, and ( 3) of contempt or anger to strangers. It had, however, already fallen somewhat into disuse, and being regarded as archaic, was naturally adopted ( 4) in the higher poetic style and in the language of solemn prayer."- E. A. Abbott.

part of speech: pronoun

Nominative singular of the pronoun of the second person, grave form.

Usage examples for thou:

  • If thou must fight, I'm the man for thee. "Isaac T. Hopper", L. Maria Child.
  • In Bed, sayst thou "The Fatal Jealousie (1673)", Henry Nevil Payne Commentator: Willard Thorp.
  • By sharpnes, voyce, countenaunce, thou madeste thyne enemyes afrayd. "A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes", Richard Sherry Commentator: Herbert W. Hildebrandt.
  • 1. I might see, 2. Thou mightst see, 3. He might see; Plural. "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.

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