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thou 1

Used to indicate the one being addressed, especially in a literary, liturgical, or devotional context.

[Middle English, from Old English thū, second person nominative sing. personal pron.; see tu- in Indo-European roots.]

thou 2

n. Slang
A thousand, especially of dollars.


pron (subjective)
1. archaic dialect refers to the person addressed: used mainly in familiar address or to a younger person or inferior
2. (usually capital) refers to God when addressed in prayer, etc
[Old English thū; related to Old Saxon thū, Old High German du, Old Norse thū, Latin tū, Doric Greek tu]


n, pl thous or thou
1. (Units) one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre
2. (Mathematics) informal short for thousand



pron., sing. nom. thou; poss. thy thine; obj. thee; pron.
1. Archaic (except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose or as used by the Friends). the second person singular personal pronoun in the nominative case (used to denote the person or thing addressed): Thou shalt not kill.
2. to address as thou.
3. to use thou in discourse.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English thū, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old Norse thū, Old High German t(h)u, Gothic thu, Old Irish tú, Latin tū, Doric Greek ]



n., pl. thous, (as after a numeral) thou.
Slang. one thousand dollars, pounds, etc.
[1865–70; by shortening]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thou - the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
large integer - an integer equal to or greater than ten
millenary - a sum or aggregate of one thousand (especially one thousand years)
أنْتَ، أنْتِ
tudar del tu a


1 [ðaʊ] PRON (o.f., poet) → tú, vos (archaic)


pers pron (old, to friend, servant etc) → Er/Sie (obs); (to stranger) → Ihr (obs); (Rel) → du; (Brit: dial) → du


[ðaʊ] pron (old) (poet) → tu


(ðau) pronoun
an old word for `you' used only when addressing one person, especially God (usually Thou), as the subject of a verb. Thou, O God .; Thou shalt not kill!
References in classic literature ?
Born of roses, fed on dew, Charms and potions canst thou brew?
What have I done that Thou dost not approve of me," he whispered softly, saying the words over and over as he drove rapidly along the road with the boy's cut and bleeding head held ten- derly against his shoulder.
Mine ear is open, and my heart prepared: The worst is wordly loss thou canst unfold:--Say, is my kingdom lost?
Must it be thou, or I, that shall deal with this poor sinner's soul?
In judging of that tempestuous wind called Euroclydon, says an old writer --of whose works I possess the only copy extant -- it maketh a marvellous difference, whether thou lookest out at it from a glass window where the frost is all on the outside, or whether thou observest it from that sashless window, where the frost is on both sides, and of which the wight Death is the only glazier.
MICHAEL, this my behest have thou in charge, Take to thee from among the Cherubim Thy choice of flaming Warriours, least the Fiend Or in behalf of Man, or to invade Vacant possession som new trouble raise: Hast thee, and from the Paradise of God Without remorse drive out the sinful Pair, From hallowd ground th' unholie, and denounce To them and to thir Progenie from thence Perpetual banishment.
Most accursed dog of an accursed race,'' he said, awaking with his deep and sullen voice the sullen echoes of his dungeon vault, ``seest thou these scales?
Don't fancy it, impious scoundrel, for that beyond a doubt thou art, since thou hast set thy tongue going against the peerless Dulcinea.
If the next crops fail, thou canst only blame thine own tongue.
A few days more, thou knowest, my Alessandra, Will make thee mine.
Then one of his men who was near him said, "Good master, thou wottest not the force that Robin Hood has about him and how little he cares for warrant of king or sheriff.
And now the Tempter thus his silence broke:-- "The city which thou seest no other deem Than great and glorious Rome, Queen of the Earth So far renowned, and with the spoils enriched Of nations.