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English

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Etymology 1

From Middle English me, from Old English m? ("me", originally dative, but later also accusative), from Proto-Germanic *miz ("me"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- ("me"). Cognate with Scots me ("me"), North Frisian me ("me"), Saterland Frisian mie ("me"), Dutch me, mij ("me"), Low German mi ("me"), German mir ("me", dative), Icelandic mér ("me", dative), Latin m? ("me"), Ancient Greek (), (emé, "me"), Sanskrit (m?, "me").

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (first-person singular pronoun, referring to the speaker)

  1. As the direct object of a verb.
    Can you hear me?
  2. (obsolete) Myself; as a reflexive direct object of a verb.
  3. As the object of a preposition.
    Come with me.
  4. As the indirect object of a verb.
    He gave me this.
  5. (US, colloquial) Myself; as a reflexive indirect object of a verb; the ethical dative.
    • 1993 April, Harper's Magazine,
      When I get to college, I'm gonna get me a white Nissan Sentra.
  6. (colloquial) As the complement of the copula ("be" or "is").
    It wasn't me.
  7. (colloquial, with "and") As the subject of a verb.
    Me and my friends played a game.
  8. (nonstandard, not with "and") As the subject of a verb.
    • 1844, Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, Vol. II,
      One of them, whose sobriquet was Big-headed Blackboy, was stretched out before the fire, and no answer could be obtained from him, but a drawling repetition, in grunts of displeasure, of "Bel (not) me want to go."
    • 2005, Michael Chapman & Matthew Chapman, Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 (cartoon), part of Homestar Runner
      Strong Bad: Me gotta see that again.
Usage notes
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Me is traditionally described as the accusative pronoun, meaning it should be used as the object of verbs and prepositions, while the nominative pronoun I should be used as the subject of verbs. However, "accusative" pronouns are widely used as the subject of verbs in colloquial speech if they are accompanied by and, for example, "me and her are friends". This usage is traditionally considered incorrect, and "she and I are friends" would be the preferred construction.

Using me as the lone subject (without and) of a verb (e.g. "me want", "me like") is a feature of various types of both pidgin English and that of infant English-learners, and is sometimes used by speakers of standard English for jocular effect (e.g. "me likee", "me wantee").

Although in the spoken version of some dialects 'me' is commonly used as a possessive, in writing, speakers of these dialects usually write my.

Some prescriptivists object to the use of me following the verb to be, as in "It wasn't me". The phrase "It was not I" is considered to be correct, though this may be seen as extreme and used for jocular effect.

Synonyms
  • (subject of a verb): I; my ass (vulgar or slang)
  • (reflexive object): myself
  • (complement of the copula): I
  • (indirect object): us (Australia, UK)
  • (marking ownership): my; mine (archaic)
Translations

Etymology 2

Variant form.

Determiner

me

  1. (Britain regional, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) Alternative form of my
    • a. 1918, Wilfred Owen, The Letter, in 1994, Douglas Kerr (editor), The Works of Wilfred Owen, page 54,
      There don?t seem much to say just now. / (Yer what? Then don?t, yer ruddy cow! / And give us back me cigarette!)
    • 1995, A Close Shave:
      Get off me cheese! Get off! Get off!
    • 2016, Alan Moore, Jerusalem, Liveright 2016, p. 99:
      "What have I ever done to prove me worth, or where I could at least say as I'd made a difference?"

Translations

See also

References

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ->ISBN
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]

Anagrams


Albanian

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Proto-Albanian *me(t). Cognate to Ancient Greek ? (metá, "after, beyond; in the middle, between"), Gothic miþ (miþ, "with"), Old Norse með.

Preposition

me (+accusative)

  1. with (accompanied by)
    Shkoj me tim vëlla.
    I'm going with my brother.
  2. with (possessing)
    E sheh djalin me sytë e kaltër?
    Do you see the guy with blue eyes?
  3. with (by means of)
    Preferoj të shkruaj me penë.
    I prefer to write with a pen.

Etymology 2

From Proto-Indo-European *manu, compare Ancient Greek (manós, "thin"), Old Armenian ? (manr, "small"). Alternatively it could represent a continuation of Proto-Indo-European *m?i, to be compared with Latin minu? ("lessen"), Proto-Slavic *m?n? ("smaller") and the like.

Adjective

me m (feminine mee)

  1. insufficient, scanty, not full
Derived terms

Annobonese

Etymology

From Portuguese mãe ("mother").

Noun

me

  1. mother

References

  • 2005, John H. McWhorter, Defining Creole

Asturian

Alternative forms

  • m' (before a vowel)

Etymology

From Latin m?, accusative singular of ego. As an indirect pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative singular of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronoun

me

  1. me (first-person plural direct pronoun)
  2. me (first-person plural indirect pronoun)

Carolinian

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin m? (accusative of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-.

Pronoun

me (enclitic, contracted 'm, proclitic em, contracted proclitic m')

  1. me (direct or indirect object)

Declension

Related terms


Chuukese

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Preposition

me

  1. from

Cimbrian

Article

me

  1. (Sette Comuni) the; definite article for two declensions:
    1. dative singular masculine
    2. dative singular neuter

See also

Cimbrian definite articles
Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative dar de / di 's / z de / di
Accusative in de / di 's / z de / di
Dative me dar me in

References

  • "me" in Martalar, Umberto Martello; Bellotto, Alfonso (1974) Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Sette Communi vicentini, 1st edition, Roana, Italy: Instituto di Cultura Cimbra A. Dal Pozzo

Cornish

Alternative forms

  • (Standard Cornish, Standard Written Form) my

Pronoun

me

  1. (Standard Cornish) I, me

Dutch

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me

  1. objective unstressed form of ik ("I")

Inflection



Estonian

Etymology

Short form of meie, from Proto-Finnic *mek.

Pronoun

me (genitive me, partitive meid)

  1. we

Declension


Finnish

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *mek, from Proto-Uralic *me. The word is inflected as plural, but there is no plural marker in the nominative, except in dialects (met).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /'me/, ['me?]
  • Hyphenation: me
  • Rhymes: -e

Pronoun

me (stem mei-)

  1. we

Usage notes

  • Although usually omitted in written language (the verb shows both the person and the number), the pronoun is in spoken language practically always used. (compare the usage of minä ("I"))

Inflection

Synonyms

Derived terms

See also

Anagrams


French

Etymology

From Middle French me, from Old French me, from Latin m? (accusative of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- ("me"). Northern dialects have preserved a form mi for the indirect object (also found in Old French in the Oaths of Strasbourg), from Latin mihi, dative singular of ego, through a Vulgar Latin *mi, whereas in standard French, it has merged into me.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (personal, objective case)

  1. (direct object) me
  2. (indirect object) to me

Related terms

Further reading


Galician

Pronoun

me

  1. inflection of eu:
    1. accusative/dative
    2. reflexive

Guaraní

Noun

me

  1. male
  2. husband

Haitian Creole

Etymology

From French mai ("May")

Noun

me

  1. May

Hawaiian

Preposition

me

  1. with

Icelandic

Pronunciation

Interjection

me

  1. baa (representing the bleating sound sheep make)

Ido

Etymology

From English me, French me, Italian me, Spanish me, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- ("me").

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (first-person singular)

  1. I, me
    Me es tre felica.
    I am very happy.
    Ka vu parolas a me?
    Are you talking to me?

Derived terms

  • mea ("my, mine")

Noun

me (plural me-i)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter M/m.

See also

See also


Istriot

Etymology

From Latin m?, accusative singular of ego.

Pronoun

me

  1. objective of i; me; to me
    • 1877, Antonio Ive, Canti popolari istriani: raccolti a Rovigno, volume 5, Ermanno Loescher, page 40:
      Ti me pari oûna dea infra li dai,
      You seem to me a goddess among the gods,

Italian

Etymology

From Latin m?.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (personal, objective case)

  1. (disjunctive, emphatic) me

Pronoun

me

  1. Alternative form of mi

See also


Japanese

Romanization

me

  1. R?maji transcription of ? (hiragana)
  2. R?maji transcription of ? (katakana)

Kein

Noun

me

  1. louse

Further reading


Kurdish

Pronoun

me

  1. we (the speaker/writer and at least one other person)


This Kurdish entry was created from the translations listed at we. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see me in the Kurdish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Latin

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- ("me"). Cognate with Ancient Greek (me), (emé, "me"), Sanskrit (m?, "me"), Old English me, Old Frisian mi, Old Saxon m?, Dutch mij, Old High German mih (German mich), Old Norse mik, Gothic (mik). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin me, Greek (me), Old Irish (Irish , Welsh mi), Proto-Slavic *mene (Old Church Slavonic ? (mene), Russian (menjá)), Lithuanian mi, Albanian mua.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

m? (personal pronoun)

  1. me, myself; accusative singular of ego
  2. by me, with me, from me; ablative singular of ego

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Portuguese: me
  • Romanian: m?
  • Sicilian: mi
  • Spanish: me

References

  • me in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • me in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers

Mandarin

Romanization

me (Zhuyin )

  1. Pinyin transcription of ?
  2. Pinyin transcription of ?
  3. Pinyin transcription of ?
  4. Pinyin transcription of ?, ?
  5. Pinyin transcription of ?

me

  1. Nonstandard spelling of m?.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Mauritian Creole

Etymology

From French mai

Noun

me

  1. May

Mengen

Noun

me

  1. (drinkable) water
  2. any liquid
  3. (non-tidal) stream, river

References


Middle English

Etymology 1

Old English m?, from Proto-Indo-European. More at English me.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (nominative I)

  1. me (first-person singular accusative pronoun)
  2. (reflexive) myself
Descendants
  • English: me
  • Scots: me

References

Etymology 2

Determiner

me (nominative I)

  1. Alternative form of mi.

References

Etymology 3

From man, men, by way of phonemic reduction in unstressed positions.

Pronoun

me

  1. Typically singular, indefinite pronoun: one, you (indefinite).
See also
References

Middle French

Alternative forms

  • m' (before a vowel)

Etymology

From Old French me.

Pronoun

me

  1. me, first-person singular object pronoun
  2. to me, first-person singular indirect object pronoun

Synonyms

  • (first-person singular object and indirect object pronoun): moy (with verbs in the imperative)

Descendants

  • French: me

Nalca

Noun

me

  1. son
  2. child

Nauruan

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Neapolitan

Etymology

From Latin m?.

Alternative forms

mme, m', mm'

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me

  1. me (accusative or dative or reflexive or prepositional)

Coordinate terms

Number Person Nominative Accusative Dative Reflexive Possessive Prepositional
singular first-person io (i') me mìo, mìa, mieje, meje me, méne
second-person, familiar tu te tùjo, tòja, tùoje, tòje te, téne
second-person, formal vuje ve vuósto, vósta, vuóste, vóste vuje
third-person, masculine ìsso 'o, 'u (lo, lu) 'i, 'e (li, le) se sùjo, sòja, sùoje, sòje ìsso
third-person, feminine éssa 'a (la) 'e (le) éssa
plural first-person nuje ce nuósto, nòsta, nuóste, nòste nuje
second-person, plural vuje ve vuósto, vòsta, vuóste, vòste vuje
third-person, masculine ìsse 'i, 'e (li, le) llòro se llòro (invariable) llòro
third-person, feminine llòro 'e (le)

Norman

Alternative forms

  • (continental Normandy, Jersey)
  • maïr (Guernsey)

Noun

me f (plural mes)

  1. (Sark) sea

North Frisian

Pronoun

me

  1. First-person singular, objective: me

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

Etymology

Probably from Old Norse mit ("we two, the both of us").

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me

  1. we
    Kva skal me gjera?
    What shall we do?

See also

References

  • "me" in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Novial

Pronoun

me

  1. I; me
  2. (reflexive) myself

Related terms


Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *miz, dative of *ek, from Proto-Indo-European *me. Cognate with Old Frisian mi, Old Saxon m?, Dutch mij, Old High German mih (German mich), Old Norse mik, Gothic (mik). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin me, Greek (me), Old Irish (Irish , Welsh mi), Proto-Slavic *mene (Old Church Slavonic ? (mene), Russian (menjá)), Lithuanian mi, Albanian mua.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

m?

  1. (personal) accusative/dative of i?: (to) me

Descendants

  • Middle English: me
    • English: me
    • Scots: me

Old French

Etymology

From Latin m?, accusative of ego. As an indirect object pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi, dative singular of ego, through a Vulgar Latin *mi (compare the form mi in particular, found in early Old French in the Oaths of Strasbourg).

Pronoun

me

  1. myself (first-person singular reflexive pronoun)
  2. me (first-person singular direct object pronoun)
  3. to me (first-person singular indirect object pronoun)

Related terms

Descendants

  • Middle French: me
    • French: me

Pali

Alternative forms

Pronoun

me

  1. enclitic genitive/dative/instrumental/ablative singular of aha?

Polish

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me

  1. Alternative form of moje.

Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese me, from Latin m? (accusative of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-. As an objective indirect pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (personal pronoun)

  1. first-person singular objective direct personal pronoun; me
    Meus amigos me ligaram.
    My friends called me.
  2. first-person singular objective indirect personal pronoun; (to) me
    Dê-me o copo.
    Give me the glass.
  3. first-person singular reflexive pronoun; myself
    Este tipo de tratamento me faz querer me enforcar.
    This kind of treatment makes me want to hang myself.

Quotations

For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:me.

See also

Portuguese personal pronouns ()
Number Person Nominative
(subject)
Accusative
(direct object)
Dative
(indirect object)
Prepositional Prepositional
with com
Non-declining
m f m f m and f m f m f m f
Singular First eu me mim comigo
Second tu te ti contigo você
o senhor a senhora
Third ele ela o
(lo, no)
a
(la, na)
lhe ele ela com ele com ela o mesmo a mesma
se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)
Plural First nós nos nós connosco (Portugal)
conosco (Brazil)
a gente
Second vós vos vós convosco vocês
os senhores as senhoras
Third eles elas os
(los, nos)
as
(las, nas)
lhes eles elas com eles com elas os mesmos as mesmas
se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)
Indefinite se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)

Romani

Pronoun

me

  1. I

See also


Scottish Gaelic

Alternative forms

Etymology

From mar eisimpleir.

Adverb

me

  1. e.g.

Serbo-Croatian

Pronoun

me (Cyrillic spelling )

  1. of me (genitive singular of j? ("I"))
  2. me (accusative singular of j? ("I"))

Declension


Slovene

Etymology

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Pronunciation

Pronoun

m

  1. we (feminine and neuter plural, more than two)

Inflection

See also


Spanish

Etymology

From Latin m? (accusative singular of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-. As an indirect object, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

me (objective case)

  1. (personal, direct object) me
  2. (personal, indirect object) to me, for me
  3. (personal, reflexive) myself

See also


Turkish

Etymology 1

Noun

me

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

Etymology 2

Noun

me

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter M.

See also


Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Compare Acehnese ("tamarind").

Noun

(classifier cây, trái, qu?) me (?)

  1. tamarind

Etymology 2

Noun

me

  1. mother
    • 1936, V? Tr?ng Ph?ng, chapter 3, in S? , Hà N?i báo:
      Bà ch? v?a t con chó xu?ng v?a nhanh nh?u nói: – À c?u t?m ! C?u c?a me ngoan. Me ?i v?ng, ? nhà có a nào ?ánh c?u không ? Loulou Huýt! Huýt...
      The mistress of the house set down the dog and promptly said, "Ah, you are bathing! Mommy's son is nice. While mommy went away, did anyone hit you? Loulou, whee whee!" 
Synonyms

Westrobothnian

Etymology

From Old Norse mið ("middle; mark, sign.") Compare Swedish medel ("means,") medel- ("mid(dle)-.")

Noun

me m (definite singular men)

  1. superstition

Alternative forms

Noun

me n (plural me)

  1. method

White Hmong

Pronunciation

Adjective

me

  1. little; small (size or quantity).

References

  • Ernest E. Heimbach, White Hmong - English Dictionary (1979, SEAP Publications)

Zazaki

Pronoun

me

  1. me

See also


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