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thou Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the cardinal number that is the product of 10 and 100
    yard; G; thousand; grand; M; chiliad; one thousand; K; 1000.

Thou pronoun
OE. thou, þu, AS. &edh;&umac;, &edh;u; akin to OS. & OFries. thu, G., Dan. & Sw. du, Icel. þ&umac;, Goth. þu, Russ. tui, Ir. & Gael. tu, W. ti, L. tu, Gr. sy`, Dor. ty`, Skr. tvam. *185. Cf. Thee, Thine, Te Deum.
singular : nominative Thou; possessive Thy or Thine ; objective Thee plural : nominative You ; possessive Your or Yours ; objective You
  1. The second personal pronoun, in the singular number, denoting the person addressed; thyself; the pronoun which is used in addressing persons in the solemn or poetical style.
    Art thou he that should come? Matt. xi. 3.
    ✍ "In Old English, generally, thou is the language of a lord to a servant, of an equal to an equal, and expresses also companionship, love, permission, defiance, scorn, threatening: whilst ye is the language of a servant to a lord, and of compliment, and further expresses honor, submission, or entreaty." Skeat. Thou is now sometimes used by the Friends, or Quakers, in familiar discourse, though most of them corruptly say thee instead of thou.
Thou transitive verb
  1. To address as thou, esp. to do so in order to treat with insolent familiarity or contempt.
    If thou thouest him some thrice, it shall not be amiss. Shak.
Thou intransitive verb
  1. To use the words thou and thee in discourse after the manner of the Friends. R.

Webster 1913