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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 ?
Such shall it prove, if thou fulfill'st thy pledge.
Thou shalt not quit this land, till thou hast fetched
My brother, when thou hast a virtue, and it is thine own virtue, thou hast it in common with no one.
To be sure, thou wouldst call it by name and caress it; thou wouldst pull its ears and amuse thyself with it.
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.
Now art thou the man for my farthing," cried the messenger.
And, as nothing of all thou wilt urge in opposition to my wish will avail to keep me from carrying it into effect, it is my desire, friend Lothario, that thou shouldst consent to become the instrument for effecting this purpose that I am bent upon, for I will afford thee opportunities to that end, and nothing shall be wanting that I may think necessary for the pursuit of a virtuous, honourable, modest and high-minded woman.
And that thou mayest clearly see this, say, Anselmo, hast thou not told me that I must force my suit upon a modest woman, decoy one that is virtuous, make overtures to one that is pure-minded, pay court to one that is prudent?
A few days more, thou knowest, my Alessandra, Will make thee mine.
Methinks thou hast a singular way of showing Thy happiness
Canst thou deem it, Hester, a consolation that I must stand up in my pulpit, and meet so many eyes turned upward to my face, as if the light of heaven were beaming from it
Thou little knowest what a relief it is, after the torment of a seven years' cheat, to look into an eye that recognises me for what I am