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EnglishEdit

 
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English thee, the, from Old English þē (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 du (thee), German dir (thee, dative pron.), Icelandic þér (thee). More at thou.

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PronounEdit

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

  1. (archaic, literary) Objective 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.
    • 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 notesEdit

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

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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To address (somebody) as "thee"; to thou.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English theen (to increase, prosper, flourish), from Old English þēon (to thrive, prosper, flourish, grow), from Proto-Germanic *þinhaną (to thrive, succeed), from Proto-Indo-European *tenk-, *tenkh- (to succeed, turn out well). Cognate with Dutch gedijen (to flourish, thrive, prosper, succeed), German gedeihen (to thrive), Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌸𐌴𐌹𐌷𐌰𐌽 (gaþeihan, to increase, thrive).

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Alternative formsEdit

  • the (Scotland)

VerbEdit

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.
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Etymology 3Edit

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

NounEdit

thee (plural thees)

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

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DutchEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

 
Gevuld theeglas
Filled tea glass

thee m (plural theeën, diminutive theetje n)

  1. tea

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Old IrishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

thee

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

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English þēoh, from Proto-Germanic *þeuhą, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tewk-.

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thee (plural thees)

  1. thigh