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See also: thây and thầy


Etymology 1[edit]



  1. Eye dialect spelling of the.
    • 1861, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown at Oxford[1]:
      "The chaps as catches the big fishes, sir," went on the keeper, getting confidential, "is thay cussed night-line poachers."

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Eye dialect spelling of say, to indicate a speaker with a speech impediment such as a lisp.
    • 1868, Sophie May, Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's[2]:
      "Good girlth don't thay tho," said sweet little Charlie rather shocked.
    • 1903, Burt L. Standish, Frank Merriwell's Bravery[3]:
      Do you mean to thay I am no gentleman, thir?

Etymology 3[edit]



  1. Obsolete spelling of they.
    • 1506, Alexander Barclay, The Ship of Fools, Volume 1[4]:
      Yet fynde I another sort almoste as bad as thay.
    • 1566, John Knox, The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)[5]:
      But potent is he against whome thei faught; for when thay wicked war in greatast securitie, then begane God to schaw his anger.
    • 1838, William Makepeace Thackeray, Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush[6]:
      Law bless us! there was four of us on this stairkes, four as nice young men as you ever see: Mr. Bruffy's young man, Mr. Dawkinses, Mr. Blewitt's, and me--and we knew what our masters was about as well as thay did theirselfs.