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Etymology 1[edit]

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.


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, “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown” (song): 
      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) Thou.
    • Thee is a little strange, I think.
Usage notes[edit]

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



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 2[edit]

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 [script needed] (gaþeihan, to increase, thrive).

Alternative forms[edit]

  • the (Scotland)


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

  1. (intransitive, archaic, literary, UK dialectal) To thrive; prosper.
    • Spenser
      Well mote thee, as well can wish your thought.
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Etymology 3[edit]

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


thee (plural thees)

  1. The name of the letter ⟨(⟩, which stands for the th sound IPA(key): /ð/ in Pitman shorthand.
Related terms[edit]
  • ith
  • eth, the name of the IPA letter for this sound



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Gevuld theeglas
Filled tea glass

thee m (plural theeën, diminutive theetje n)

  1. tea

Derived terms[edit]




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



thee (plural thees)

  1. thigh