What does `thou` mean?

asked Jan 18 '11 at 10:42 Julia New member

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It is is a second person singular pronoun in English. `Thou` means `you`.

link comment answered Jan 18 '11 at 11:39 Eric Contributor

'Thou' is an archaic form of 'you.'  


It is almost completely out-of-use with only a few English dialects continuing to use it in various forms.  In the past, 'thou' was the informal 'you', while the 'you' that we commonly say today was reserved to show respect or courtesy.  Today 'thou' is almost exclusively used in religious settings or in literature which  is set in or before the 17th century.

link comment answered Jan 18 '11 at 20:30 Kimberly Expert

I've seen it used as a replacement for "though", which I think is incorrect usage.

link answered Jan 19 '11 at 20:16 Max Lytvyn New member

You're correct. KimberlyJan 19 '11 at 20:57

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"Thou" is pretty much "you"

link comment answered Feb 01 '16 at 16:04 David Liu Contributor

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