yous Unabridged


2 [yooz; unstressed yuhz, yiz]


[yoo; unstressed yoo, yuh]
pronoun, possessive your or yours, objective you, plural you.
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?
one; anyone; people in general: a tiny animal you can't even see.
(used in apposition with the subject of a sentence, sometimes repeated for emphasis following the subject): You children pay attention. You rascal, you!
Informal. (used in place of the pronoun your before a gerund): There's no sense in you getting upset.
yourself; yourselves: Get you home. Make you ready.
a plural form of the pronoun ye.
noun, plural yous.
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.
the nature or character of the person addressed: Try to discover the hidden you.

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

ewe, yew, you (see usage note at the current entry).

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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
you (juː, (unstressed) jʊ)
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.  chiefly (US) See yourself a dialect word for yourself or yourselves: you should get you a wife now
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

yous or youse (juːz)
not standard refers to more than one person including the person or persons addressed but not including the speaker: yous have all had it now; I'm fed up with yous
youse or youse

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Word Origin & History

O.E. eow, dat. and acc. pl. of þu (see thou), objective case of ge, "ye" (see ye), from W.Gmc. *iuwiz (cf. O.N. yor, O.S. iu, O.Fris. iuwe, M.Du., Du. u, O.H.G. iu, iuwih, Ger. euch), from PIE *ju. Pronunciation of you and the nom. form ye gradually
merged from 14c.; the distinction between them passed out of general usage by 1600. Widespread use of Fr. in England after 12c. gave Eng. you the same association as Fr. vous, and it began to drive out sing. nom. 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. 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.
"Children learn from the slaves some odd phrases ... as ... will you all do this? for, will one of you do this?" ["Arthur Singleton" (Henry C. Knight), "Letters from the South and West," 1824]
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