bless you

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English God blesse you, God blisse you.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

bless you!

  1. Short for (may) God bless you: said as a short prayer for the recipient.
  2. (idiomatic) Said to someone who has just sneezed, as a polite remark.
    Synonym: gesundheit
  3. (idiomatic, humorous) Used to express non-understanding of someone who has just used an unusual or foreign word or phrase (as if to imply that it sounds like a sneeze).

Usage notes[edit]

  • Saying bless you after a sneeze is not considered particularly religious. The remark is used by and toward those who belong to a religion as well as those who do not.

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