thy

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See also: Thy, THY, thŷ, þy, and þý

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: thī, IPA(key): /ðaɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English þi, apocopated variant of þin, from Old English þīn, from Proto-West Germanic *þīn, from Proto-Germanic *þīnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *téynos (thy; thine), from Proto-Indo-European *túh₂ (thou). See thou.

Determiner[edit]

thy

  1. (archaic, dialectal, literary) Possessive form of thou: that which belongs to thee; which belongs to you (singular).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

thy

  1. (obsolete) Only used in for thy, for-thy, which is an alternative form of forthy (because, therefore)
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene:
      For-thy it round and hollow shaped was, Like to the world itselfe, and seem'd aworld of glass.
    • 1713, Robert Sanders (translator), The Life and Acts of Sir William Wallace:
      Wallace knew well the Englishmen would flee, For thy he thrusted in the thickest to be, Hewing full fast on whomsoever he fought, Against his dint fine steel availed nought.
    • 1791, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, William TAYLOR (of Norwich.), Nathan the Wise. A dramatic poem, page 24:
      For thy it bring: us nearer to the Godhead is nonsense, Daya, if not blasphemy.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Determiner[edit]

thy

  1. Alternative form of þi (thy)

Etymology 2[edit]

Determiner[edit]

thy

  1. Alternative form of þe (the)

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

thy

  1. Alternative form of þe (thee)

Etymology 4[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

thy

  1. Alternative form of þei (they)

Etymology 5[edit]

Adverb[edit]

thy

  1. Alternative spelling of þy (the)

Etymology 6[edit]

Noun[edit]

thy (plural thies)

  1. Alternative spelling of þy (thigh)

Scots[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From þi, apocopated variant of Middle English þin, from Old English þīn, from Proto-West Germanic *þīn, from Proto-Germanic *þīnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *téynos (thy; thine).

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

thy

  1. (archaic outside Orkney and Shetland) thy, your (possessive form of thou)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Regularly used throughout Scotland up until the middle of the 1800s; now only used as an archaism outside Shetland and Orkney.

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