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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.
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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
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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]
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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)
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أنْتَ، أنْتِ
tudar del tu a


1 [ðaʊ] PRON (o.f., poet) → tú, vos (archaic)
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pers pron (old, to friend, servant etc) → Er/Sie (obs); (to stranger) → Ihr (obs); (Rel) → du; (Brit: dial) → du
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[ðaʊ] pron (old) (poet) → tu
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(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!
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References in classic literature ?
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?
Such are the things that men are wont to attempt, and there is honour, glory, gain, in attempting them, however full of difficulty and peril they may be; but that which thou sayest it is thy wish to attempt and carry out will not win thee the glory of God nor the blessings of fortune nor fame among men; for even if the issue he as thou wouldst have it, thou wilt be no happier, richer, or more honoured than thou art this moment; and if it be otherwise thou wilt be reduced to misery greater than can be imagined, for then it will avail thee nothing to reflect that no one is aware of the misfortune that has befallen thee; it will suffice to torture and crush thee that thou knowest it thyself.
A few days more, thou knowest, my Alessandra, Will make thee mine.
Methinks thou hast a singular way of showing Thy happiness!
Hester Prynne!', said he; "is it thou? Art thou in life?"
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!
Pay me that thou owest me in broad money, or else leave thy coat and bag and hammer; yet, I wot they are not worth ten shillings, and I shall lose thereby.
"Nay," quoth the Tinker--for, by roaming the country, he had learned what dogs were--"take thou what thou wilt have, and let me depart in peace, and may a murrain go with thee.
OEDIPUS If thou dost hold a kinsman may be wronged, And no pains follow, thou art much to seek.
CREON Therein thou judgest rightly, but this wrong That thou allegest--tell me what it is.
My brother, when thou hast a virtue, and it is thine own virtue, thou hast it in common with no one.
OEDIPUS Theseus, thy words so apt, so generous So comfortable, need no long reply Both who I am and of what lineage sprung, And from what land I came, thou hast declared.