- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /juː nəʊ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ju noʊ/
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- (informal) Expression signifying a pause or hesitation.
- 2002 December 15, “Interview with David Beckham”, in Breakfast with Frost, spoken by David Beckham, via BBC:
- I don’t usually get nervous in games and, you know, taking free kicks and penalties but that’s the first time I’ve been that nervous in, in a game, where I have to, I’m in a situation where I’m, you know […]
- (informal) Expression used to imply meaning, rather than say it, such as when a person is embarrassed.
- A: I heard you want to... do something with me.
B: Do what?
A: You know... umm...
- (informal) Used as a rhetorical question to confirm agreement, knowing or understanding at the end of a statement.
- But I guess that's life, you know?
- I just wasn't into it, you know?
- (informal) Used to introduce information.
- You know, he's actually pretty nice.
- 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Engineering, SSV Normandy:
- Tali: You know, there's always a few who go on their Pilgrimages and never return. I always assumed something bad happened to them, but maybe they just wanted a different life.
- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see you, know.
Alternative forms edit
- (generic fillers): right, like; er, erm, um
- (confirming attention, understanding, and/or agreement): you see, do you know what I'm saying, you know what I'm saying, right, eh, don't you know
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expression signifying a pause or hesitation