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[thangk-yoo] /ˈθæŋkˌyu/
expressing one's gratitude or thanks:
a thank-you note.
an expression of thanks, as by saying “thank you”:
I never got so much as a thank-you for helping him.
Origin of thank-you
1785-95 for def 2; noun and adj. use of verb phrase thank you


[thangk] /θæŋk/
verb (used with object)
to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to:
She thanked them for their hospitality.
Usually, thanks. a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise:
to return a borrowed book with thanks.
thanks, (used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).
have oneself to thank, to be personally to blame; have the responsibility:
The citizens have only themselves to thank for corruption in government.
no thanks to, (used to express annoyance) not owing to:
I caught my flight after all, no thanks to you.
thank God, (used as an interjection to express relief, thankfulness, etc.)
Also, thank goodness, thank heaven.
thanks to, (used to express gratitude or blame) because of; owing to: Thanks to good organization and hard work, the benefit concert was a great success.
The case went poorly thanks to the lawyer's incompetence.
thank you, (used as an interjection to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment, as for a gift, favor, service, or courtesy).
before 900; (noun) Middle English: favorable thought, goodwill, gratitude, (in singular and plural) expression of thanks; Old English thanc (in singular) expression of thanks, orig., thought, thoughtfulness; (v.) Middle English thanken, Old English thancian (cognate with Dutch, German danken); akin to think1
Related forms
thanker, noun
rethank, verb (used with object)
unthanked, adjective
unthanking, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for thank you

thank you

interjection, noun
a conventional expression of gratitude


verb (transitive)
to convey feelings of gratitude to
to hold responsible: he has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
used in exclamations of relief: thank goodness, thank God
I'll thank you to, used ironically to intensify a command, request, etc: I'll thank you to mind your own business
Word Origin
Old English thancian; related to Old Frisian thankia, Old Norse thakka, Old Saxon, Old High German thancōn
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Word Origin and History for thank you

phrase attested by c.1400, short for I thank you; as a noun, from 1792.



Old English þancian "to give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *thankojan (cf. Old Saxon thancon, Old Norse þakka, Danish takke, Old Frisian thankia, Middle Dutch, German danken "to thank"), from *thankoz "thought, gratitude," from PIE root *tong- "to think, feel." For sense evolution, cf. related Old English noun þanc, þonc, originally "thought," but by c.1000 "good thoughts, gratitude." The whole group is from the same root as think (q.v.). In ironical use, "to blame," from 1550s. To thank (someone) for nothing is recorded from 1703. Related: Thanked; thanking.

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