'ee

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Pronoun[edit]

'ee

  1. (archaic, colloquial) ye; you (singular or plural) (used like an enclitic, after a consonant)
    • 1789, Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, St. Patrick's Day, or, The Scheming Lieutenant, act 1, scene 1:
      Oh, all that's fair; but hark'ee, lads, I must have no grumbling on St. Patrick's Day; so here, take this, and divide it amongst you.
    • 1861, Dickens, Charles, chapter 40, in Great Expectations:
      "Look'ee here, Pip," said he, laying his hand on my arm in a suddenly altered and subdued manner; "first of all, look'ee here. I forgot myself half a minute ago. What I said was low; that's what it was; low. []
    • 1905, Pearse, Mark Guy, “Terrible Expensive”, in The Quiver, page 1068:
      "Will 'ee have some?" said Martha Ann presently, holding out her apron filled with rosy quarrendens.

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References[edit]

  • Hans Lindquist, Christian Mair (eds.), Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English.