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yours

[yoo rz, yawrz, yohrz] /yʊərz, yɔrz, yoʊrz/
pronoun
1.
(a form of the possessive case of you used as a predicate adjective):
Which cup is yours? Is she a friend of yours?
2.
that which belongs to you:
Yours was the first face I recognized.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, equivalent to your + -s, as in his

thou1

[th ou] /ðaʊ/
pronoun, sing., nom. thou; possessive thy or thine; objective thee; pl., nom. you or ye; possessive your or yours; objective you or ye.
1.
Archaic (except in some elevated or ecclesiastical prose) the personal pronoun of the second person singular in the nominative case (used to denote the person or thing addressed):
Thou shalt not kill.
2.
(used by the Friends) a familiar form of address of the second person singular.
verb (used with object)
3.
to address as “thou.”.
verb (used without object)
4.
to use “thou” in discourse.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English thū; cognate with German, Middle Dutch du, Old Norse thū, Gothic thu, Old Irish tú, Welsh, Cornish ti, Latin tū, Doric Greek tý, Lithuanian tù, OCS ty; akin to Sanskrit tvam; (v.) late Middle English thowen, derivative of the pronoun

you

[yoo; unstressed yoo, yuh] /yu; unstressed yʊ, yə/
pronoun, possessive your or yours, objective you, plural you.
1.
the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case:
You are the highest bidder. It is you who are to blame. We can't help you. This package came for you. Did she give you the book?
2.
one; anyone; people in general:
a tiny animal you can't even see.
3.
(used in apposition with the subject of a sentence, sometimes repeated for emphasis following the subject):
You children pay attention. You rascal, you!
4.
Informal. (used in place of the pronoun your before a gerund):
There's no sense in you getting upset.
5.
Archaic.
  1. yourself; yourselves:
    Get you home. Make you ready.
  2. a plural form of the pronoun ye.
noun, plural yous.
6.
something or someone closely identified with or resembling the person addressed:
Don't buy the bright red shirt—it just isn't you. It was like seeing another you.
7.
the nature or character of the person addressed:
Try to discover the hidden you.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English ēow (dative, accusative of ye1); cognate with Old Frisian ju, Old Saxon iu, Dutch u, Old High German iu, eu
Can be confused
ewe, yew, you (see usage note at the current entry)
Usage note
In American English the pronoun you has been supplemented by additional forms to make clear the distinction between singular and plural. You-all, often pronounced as one syllable, is a widespread spoken form in the South Midland and Southern United States. Its possessive is often you-all's rather than your. You-uns (from you + ones) is a South Midland form most often found in uneducated speech; it is being replaced by you-all. Youse (you + the plural -s ending of nouns), probably of Irish-American origin, is most common in the North, especially in urban centers like Boston, New York, and Chicago. It is rare in educated speech. You guys is a common informal expression among younger speakers; it can include persons of both sexes or even a group of women only. See also me.
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Examples from the web for yours
  • Resplendent with glimmering pools, they're yours for the entire day for the price of a single treatment.
  • The takeaway here is that the closer the seed company's climate is to yours, the more accurate the days-to-harvest will be.
  • Pick out a peach tree to lease for the year, and the fruit is yours.
  • If yours looks healthy, your only chore right now is fertilizing it to keep it strong.
  • What happens afterwards is your business and yours alone.
  • Here's a health to you and yours who have done such things for us and ours.
  • Brother, our seats were once large and yours were small.
  • If the recipient of your letter leaves her card on you, you in return leave yours on her.
  • The land is divided into many different watersheds, and this is your chance to find out which watershed is yours.
  • Learn from mistakes-whether they are yours or others'-and try not to repeat them in the future.
British Dictionary definitions for yours

yours

/jɔːz; jʊəz/
pronoun
1.
something or someone belonging to or associated in some way with you: I've eaten yours
2.
your family: greetings to you and yours
3.
used in conventional closing phrases at the end of a letter: yours sincerely, yours faithfully
4.
of yours, belonging to or associated with you
5.
(jocular) what's yours?, what would you like to drink?

you

/juː; unstressed /
pronoun (subjective or objective)
1.
refers to the person addressed or to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speaker: you know better, the culprit is among you
2.
Also one. refers to an unspecified person or people in general: you can't tell the boys from the girls
3.
(mainly US) a dialect word for yourself or yourselves: you should get you a wife now See yourself
noun
4.
(informal) the personality of the person being addressed or something that expresses it: that hat isn't really you
5.
you know what, you know who, a thing or person that the speaker cannot or does not want to specify
Word Origin
Old English ēow, dative and accusative of ye1; related to Old Saxon eu, Old High German iu, Gothic izwis

thou1

/ðaʊ/
pronoun (subjective)
1.
(archaic, dialect) refers to the person addressed: used mainly in familiar address or to a younger person or inferior
2.
(usually capital) refers to God when addressed in prayer, etc
Word Origin
Old English thū; related to Old Saxon thū, Old High German du, Old Norse thū, Latin tū, Doric Greek tu

thou2

/θaʊ/
noun (pl) thous, thou
1.
one thousandth of an inch. 1 thou is equal to 0.0254 millimetre
2.
(informal) short for thousand
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Word Origin and History for yours

thou

pron.

2nd nominative singular personal pronoun, Old English þu, from Proto-Germanic *thu (cf. Old Frisian thu, Middle Dutch and Middle Low German du, Old High German and German du, Old Norse þu, Gothic þu), from PIE *tu-, second person singular pronoun (cf. Latin tu, Irish tu, Welsh ti, Greek su, Lithuanian tu, Old Church Slavonic ty, Sanskrit twa-m).

Superseded in Middle English by plural form you (from a different root), but retained in certain dialects (e.g. Philadelphia Quakers). The plural at first was used in addressing superior individuals, later also (to err on the side of propriety) strangers, and ultimately all equals. By c.1450 the use of thou to address inferiors gave it a tinge of insult unless addressed by parents to children, or intimates to one another. Hence the verb meaning "to use 'thou' to a person" (mid-15c.).

Avaunt, caitiff, dost thou thou me! I am come of good kin, I tell thee! ["Hickscorner," c.1530]
A brief history of the second person pronoun in English can be found here.

you

Old English eow, dative and accusative plural of þu (see thou), objective case of ge, "ye" (see ye), from West Germanic *iuwiz (cf. Old Norse yor, Old Saxon iu, Old Frisian iuwe, Middle Dutch, Dutch u, Old High German iu, iuwih, German euch), from PIE *ju.

Pronunciation of you and the nominative form ye gradually merged from 14c.; the distinction between them passed out of general usage by 1600. Widespread use of French in England after 12c. gave English you the same association as French vous, and it began to drive out singular nominative thou, originally as a sign of respect (similar to the "royal we") when addressing superiors, then equals and strangers, and ultimately (by c.1575) becoming the general form of address. For a more thorough discussion of this, go here. Through 13c. English also retained a dual pronoun ink "you two; your two selves; each other."

Words for "you" in Japanese include anata (formal, used by a wife when addressing her husband), kimi (intimate, used among friends) or the rougher omae (oh-MAI-aye), used when talking down to someone or among male friend showing their manliness. Dial. you-uns, for you-ones, first noted 1810 in Ohio.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yours

this is it

sentence

The final crisis is here; the unavoidable has come; prepare for the worst: He held her hand fast and said ''This is it, kid'' (1942+)


yonder

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down yonder


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Related Abbreviations for yours

thou

thousand
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Idioms and Phrases with yours
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Encyclopedia Article for yours

you

type of Chinese bronze container for wine that resembled a bucket with a swing handle and a knobbed lid. It was produced during the Shang (18th-12th century BC) and early Zhou (1111-c. 900 BC) periods

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