(second person, singular or plural, nominative or objective, possessive determiner your, possessive pronoun yours, singular reflexive yourself, plural reflexive yourselves)
- (object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object. [from 9th c.]
- (reflexive, now US colloquial) (To) yourselves, (to) yourself. [from 9th c.]
- (object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.) [from 13th c.]
- (subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.) [from 14th c.]
- Both of you should get ready now.
- You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
- (subject pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.) [from 15th c.]
- (indefinite personal pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object). [from 16th c.]
(third-person singular simple present yous, present participle youing, simple past and past participle youed)
- To address (a person) using the pronoun you, rather than thou.
From Middle English you, yow, Èow, (object case of ye), from Old English Ä“ow, Ä«ow ("you"; dative case of Ä¡Ä“), from *iwwiz ("you"; dative case of *jÄ«z), Western form of Proto-Germanic *izwiz ("you"; dative case of *jÅ«z), from Proto-Indo-European *yÅ«s (“you (plural)"), *yÅ«Ì. Cognate with West Frisian jo (“you"), Low German jo (“you"), Dutch jou & u (“you"), Middle High German eu, iu (“you", obj. pron.), Latin vÅs (“you"), Avestan ð¬¬ð¬‹ (vÅ, “you").
See usage notes. Ye, you and your are cognate with Dutch jij/je, jou, jouw; Low German ji, jo/ju, jug and German ihr, euch and euer respectively. Ye is also cognate with archaic Swedish I.