See also: you's

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EtymologyEdit

From you +‎ -s(plural suffix).

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PronounEdit

yous

  1. (dialectal, chiefly Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, New England, Northeastern United States, Chicago, Liverpudlian, Cape Breton, Ireland, Scotland) You (plural). [from 19th c.]
  2. (dialectal) You (singular).
    • 1909, PG Wodehouse, The Gem Collector:
      ‘Dere ain't no use for me dis side, Mr. Chames,’ he said. ‘New York's de spot. Youse don't want none of me, now you're married.’
    • 1938, Patrick Kavanagh, The Green Fool:
      Yous will meet us here outside this pub,’ Harry Curniskey said.
    • 1988, Kathy Lette, Girls' Night Out:
      ‘But what I also seen is that youse have never had a real man before, datin' all them boys. Youse have never had anyone who'd stand up to youse.’
    • 1992, Edward Bond, In the Company of Men:
      You think yous can live wi'oot money! Few months doon this hell, you'll murder for money!

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SynonymsEdit

  • see the list of other second-person pronouns in you

NounEdit

yous

  1. plural of you
    • 1992, Robert Dubin, Central Life Interests: Creative Individualism in a Complex World, page 10:
      Most of your life after babyhood has been played out by the several yous.
    • 2010, Patrick M Morley, The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face, page 36:
      There are two yous — the visible you and the real you. The visible you is the you that is known by others.