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Thee
See also: Thee, thée, and the'e

English

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Etymology 1

From Middle English thee, the, from Middle English þ? ("thee", originally dative, but later also accusative), from Proto-Germanic *þiz ("thee"), from Proto-Indo-European *te ("second-person singular pronoun"). Cognate with German Low German di ("thee"), German dir ("thee", dative pron.), Icelandic þér ("thee"). More at thou.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: th?, IPA(key): /ði:/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -i:
  • Homophone: the (when stressed)

Pronoun

thee (second-person singular, objective case, nominative thou, reflexive thyself)

  1. (archaic, literary) Objective and reflexive case of thou.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, Henry IV part 1, 1.2.49-50:
      Prince Henry: Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part?
      Falstaff: No; I'll give thee thy due, thou hast paid all there.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost:
      Michael, this my behest have thou in charge,
      Take to thee from among the Cherubim
      Thy choice of flaming Warriours, least the Fiend
    • 1742, Charles Wesley (music), "Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown":
      Come, O thou Traveller unknown, / Whom still I hold, but cannot see! / My company before is gone, / And I am left alone with Thee; / With Thee all night I mean to stay, / And wrestle till the break of day.
  2. (Quaker, Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch English, West Country) Thou.
    Thee is a little strange, I think.
Usage notes

When used in place of the nominative thou, thee uses the third-person singular form of verbs (see example above).

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

thee (third-person singular simple present thees, present participle theeing, simple past and past participle theed)

  1. (transitive) To address (a person) using the pronoun thee.
    Synonym: thou
    • 1677, William Gibson, "An Answer to John Cheyney's Pamphlet Entituled The Shibboleth of Quakerism", in The Life of God, which is the Light and Salvation of Men, Exalted: [...], [London: s.n.], OCLC 802074687, page 134:
      What! dost thou not believe that God's Thouing and theeing was and is sound Speech? [...] And theeing & Thouing of one single Person was the language of Christ Jesus, and the Holy Prophets and Apostles both under the Dispensations of Law and Gospel, [...]
  2. (intransitive) To use the word thee.
    Synonym: thou
    • 2006, Julian Dibbell, chapter 5, in Play Money: Or, How I Quit My Day Job and Made Millions Trading Virtual Loot, New York, N.Y.: Basic Books, ->ISBN:
      The hardcore role-players will wake up one day feeling, like a dead weight on their chest, the strain of endless texting in Renaissance Faire English--yet dutifully go on theeing and thouing all the same.
    • 2009, David R. Keeston [pseudonym; Alan D. Jenkins], "Seeing God in the Ordinary", in The Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Gospel, [Morrisville, N.C.]: Lulu.com, ->ISBN, page 39:
      You want to hear the word of God, and be challenged to go out and change the world. Instead, you are, for the fifth Sunday in a row, mewling on about purple-headed mountains (which is a bit of an imaginative stretch, since you live in East Anglia) and "theeing" and "thouing" all over the place.
See also

Etymology 2

From Middle English theen ("to increase, prosper, flourish"), from Old English þ?on ("to thrive, prosper, flourish, grow"), from Proto-Germanic *þinhan? ("to thrive, succeed"), from Proto-Indo-European *tenk- ("to succeed, turn out well"). Cognate with Dutch gedijen ("to flourish, thrive, prosper, succeed"), German gedeihen ("to thrive"), Gothic (gaþeihan, "to increase, thrive").

Pronunciation

Alternative forms

Verb

thee (third-person singular simple present thees, present participle theeing, simple past and past participle theed)

  1. (intransitive, Britain, obsolete) To thrive; prosper.
    • Spenser
      Well mote thee, as well can wish your thought.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

From Pitman zee, which it is related to phonetically and graphically, and the sound it represents.

Noun

thee (plural thees)

  1. The letter ?(?, which stands for the th sound /ð/ in Pitman shorthand.
Related terms
  • ith
  • eth, the name of the IPA letter for this sound

Anagrams


Acehnese

Etymology

From Proto-Chamic *th?w, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan, from Proto-Sunda-Sulawesi, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *taqu, from Proto-Austronesian *Caqu.

Verb

thee

  1. to be informed

Dutch

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Etymology

Borrowing from Malay teh, from Min Nan ? (). The "-h-" is a faux-Greek spelling (compare Greek ? (tsái)).

Pronunciation

Noun

Gevuld theeglas
Filled tea glass

thee m (plural theeën, diminutive theetje n)

  1. tea

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Afrikaans: tee
  • -> West Frisian: tee
  • -> Dutch Low Saxon: thee
  • -> Danish: te
    • -> Faroese: te
  • -> English: tea
    • Gullah: tea
    • Jamaican Creole: tea
    • -> Abenaki: ti
    • -> Chickasaw: tii'
    • -> Cocopa: ?i·
    • -> Cornish:
    • -> Cree:
      Canadian syllabics: (tiy)
      Latin: tiy
    • -> Irish: tae
    • -> Maori: t?
    • -> Malecite-Passamaquoddy: ti
    • -> Mikasuki: ti'g'tlo'q, ji'gitlo'q ("kettle") (from "tea kettle")
    • -> Panamint: tii
    • -> Unami: ti
    • -> Welsh: te
  • -> French: thé
    • Haitian Creole: te
    • Louisiana Creole French: thé
    • -> Coeur d'Alene: liiti
    • -> Greek: (téïon)(with neuter suffix -ion)
    • -> Italian:
    • -> Norman: thée
    • -> Occitan:
    • -> Old Armenian: (ty) (post-classical)
      • Armenian: (t?ey)
    • -> Romansch: te, ,
    • -> Tiri: tee
    • -> Walloon:
  • -> German: Tee
    • -> German Low German: Tee
      • Plautdietsch: Tee
    • -> Estonian: tee
    • -> Hunsrik: Tee
    • -> Lower Sorbian: tej
    • -> Romansch: te, ,
    • -> Saterland Frisian: Tee
    • -> Silesian: tyj
      • -> Slovene: te(dialectal)
    • -> Silesian German: Tee
    • -> Vilamovian: tyy
    • -> Zipser German: Tee
  • -> Icelandic: te
  • -> New Latin: thea
    • => Latin: herbathea ("herb tea")
      • -> Polish: herbata
        • -> Belarusian: (harbáta)
        • -> Kashubian: arbata
        • -> Lithuanian: arbata
        • -> Samogitian: erbeta
        • -> Ukrainian: (herbáta), (herbátka)
  • -> Latvian: t?ja
  • -> Norwegian:te
  • -> Spanish:
  • -> Sranan Tongo: te
  • -> Swedish: te, the, thé
    • -> Finnish: tee

Anagrams


Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English þ?.

Pronoun

thee

  1. Alternative form of þe

References

Etymology 2

From Old English þ?on.

Verb

thee

  1. Alternative form of theen

Old Irish

Adjective

thee

  1. Alternative spelling of thé: lenited form of tee ("hot").

Scots

Etymology 1

From Old English þ?oh, from Proto-Germanic *þeuh?, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tewk-.

Pronunciation

Noun

thee (plural thees)

  1. thigh

Etymology 2

From Middle English theen, from Old English þ?on, from Proto-Germanic *þinhan?.

Verb

thee (third-person singular present thees, present participle theein, past theet, past participle theet)

  1. (archaic, literary) To thrive, prosper

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