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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English me, from Old English (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), Dutch me, mij (me), German mir (me, dative), Icelandic mér (me, dative), Latin (me), Ancient Greek μέ (), ἐμέ (emé, me), Sanskrit [script?] (), [script?] (mām, me).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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. (Australia, UK, New Zealand, colloquial) My; preceding a noun, marking ownership.
    • 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!)
  8. (colloquial, with "and") As the subject of a verb.
    Me and my friends played a game.
  9. (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 notesEdit

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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 use 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.

SynonymsEdit

  • (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)

TranslationsEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]

StatisticsEdit

AnagramsEdit


AlbanianEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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


PrepositionEdit

me (+accusative)

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

Etymology 2Edit

Compare Ancient Greek (Hom.) μανός (manós, thin), Old Armenian մանր (manr, small).

AdjectiveEdit

me m (feminine mee)

  1. insufficient, scanty, not full

AnnoboneseEdit

NounEdit

me

  1. mother

ReferencesEdit

  • 2005, John H. McWhorter, Defining Creole

AsturianEdit

PronounEdit

me

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

CatalanEdit

PronounEdit

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

  1. me (direct or indirect object)

DeclensionEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

me

  1. me; First-person singular, objective, mute form of mij

DeclensionEdit



EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Short form of meie.

PronounEdit

me (genitive me, partitive meid)

  1. we

DeclensionEdit

This pronoun needs an inflection-table template.


FinnishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the same Proto-Uralic *me as the Hungarian personal pronoun mi.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [me]
  • Hyphenation: me
  • Rhymes: -e

PronounEdit

me (stem mei-)

  1. we

InflectionEdit

Usage notesEdit

  • 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))

SynonymsEdit

See alsoEdit


FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin , from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- (me).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

me (personal, objective case)

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

External linksEdit


GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin mihi, dative singular form of ego, and from , accusative singular form of ego.

PronounEdit

me accusative and dative (nominative eu, oblique min)

  1. (to) me (dative singular first-person personal pronoun)
  2. me (accusative singular first-person personal pronoun)
  3. myself (reflexive singular first-person personal pronoun)

See alsoEdit


GuaraníEdit

NounEdit

me

  1. male
  2. husband

Haitian CreoleEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French mai (May)

NounEdit

me

  1. May

HawaiianEdit

PrepositionEdit

me

  1. with

IcelandicEdit

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

me

  1. baa (representing the bleating sound sheep make)

IdoEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronounEdit

me (personal)

  1. I, me

IstriotEdit

PronounEdit

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,

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin .

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

me (personal, objective case)

  1. to me

JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

me

  1. rōmaji reading of
  2. rōmaji reading of

KurdishEdit

PronounEdit

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


LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- (me). Cognate with Ancient Greek με (me), εμέ (emé, me), Sanskrit [script?] (), [script?] (mām, me).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

(personal pronoun)

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

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • French: me
  • Galician: me
  • Italian: me
  • Portuguese: me
  • Romanian:
  • Spanish: me

LojbanEdit

CmavoEdit

me (selma'o {{{semla'o}}})

  1. Converts a sumti to a selbri; x1 is specific to the following sumti in aspect x2.
    ti me la meris.
    This is-Mary (or is-related-to-Mary).
    ta me li ny. me'u moi le'i mi ratcu
    That is-the-n-th of-the-set-of my rats.
    That is my n-th rat.

Usage notesEdit

  • The phrase begun with me, which contains the sumti, can be terminated (if necessary) with me'u.

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

me (Zhuyin ㄇㄜ˙)

  1. Pinyin reading of
  2. Pinyin reading of
  3. Pinyin reading of
  4. Pinyin reading of ,

Usage notesEdit

  • 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.

NalcaEdit

NounEdit

me

  1. son
  2. child

NauruanEdit

ConjunctionEdit

me

  1. and

Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from Old Norse mit (us two).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

me

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

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit


NovialEdit

PronounEdit

me

  1. I; me
  2. (reflexive) myself

Related termsEdit


Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

(personal pronoun)

  1. me: accusative or dative singular form of

Old FrenchEdit

PronounEdit

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)

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Portuguese me, from Latin , from Proto-Indo-European *me-.

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

me (personal pronoun)

  1. me, myself
    • 2005, Lya Wyler (translator), J. K. Rowling (English author), Harry Potter e o Enigma do Príncipe (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Rocco, page 228:
      Você está me chamando de maluco?
      Are you calling me crazy?

See alsoEdit

Portuguese personal pronouns (edit)
Number Person Nominative
(subject)
Objective
(direct object)
Objective
(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)

RomaniEdit

PronounEdit

me (personal)

  1. I

Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From mar eisimpleir.

Alternative formsEdit

AbbreviationEdit

me

  1. e.g.

Serbo-CroatianEdit

PronounEdit

me (Cyrillic spelling ме)

  1. of me (genitive singular of (I))
  2. me (accusative singular of (I))

DeclensionEdit


SloveneEdit

EtymologyEdit

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PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

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

DeclensionEdit

See alsoEdit


SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin .

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

me (objective case)

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

TurkishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

me

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

=Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

me

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

See alsoEdit


VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

me

  1. tamarind