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Meaning of your by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English ēower .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /jɔː( ɹ )/, X-SAMPA: /jO:( r )/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )
    • ( US ) enPR: yôr, IPA: /joʊɹ/, /jɔːɹ/, /joʊɻ/, /jɔːɻ/, /jʊəɹ/, /jɚ/, X-SAMPA: /jO:r/
    • Rhymes: -oʊr, -ɔː( r )

    Usage notes

    In US English, /jɚ/ is generally the unstressed version of /jɔːɹ/; in many dialects, however, /jɝ/ is frequent even in positions of stress .

    The use of your instead of you're is a very common mistake in English .


    your possessive

    1. Belonging to you; of you; related to you ( singular; one owner ) .
      Let's meet tomorrow at your convenience .
      Is this your cat?
    2. Belonging to you; of you; related to you ( plural:; more owners ) .
    3. A determiner that conveys familiarity and mutual knowledge of the modified noun .
      Not your average Tom, Dick and Harry .
      Your Show of Shows
      Your World with Neil Cavuto
      Not Your Average Travel Guide

    See also


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: out · into · up · #57: your · any · what · do

Definition of your by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. thou ( thou ), pron. [Sing.: nom. Thou; poss. Thy ( thī ) or Thine ( thīn ); obj. Thee ( thē ). Pl.: nom. You ; poss. Your ( yr ) or Yours ( yrz ); obj. You.] [OE. thou, þu, AS. ðū, ðu; akin to OS. & OFries. thu, G., Dan. & Sw. du, Icel. þū, Goth. þu, Russ. tui, Ir. & Gael. tu, W. ti, L. tu, Gr. σύ, Dor. τύ, Skr. tvam. √185. Cf. Thee, Thine, Te Deum.] The second personal pronoun, in the singular number, denoting the person addressed; thyself; the pronoun which is used in addressing persons in the solemn or poetical style.

    Art thou he that should come? Matt. xi. 3.

    ☞ “In Old English, generally, thou is the language of a lord to a servant, of an equal to an equal, and expresses also companionship, love, permission, defiance, scorn, threatening: whilst ye is the language of a servant to a lord, and of compliment, and further expresses honor, submission, or entreaty.” Skeat.

    ☞ Thou is now sometimes used by the Friends, or Quakers, in familiar discourse, though most of them corruptly say thee instead of thou.

  2. You pron. [Possess. Your ( ūr ) or Yours ( ūrz ); dat. & obj. You.] [OE. you, eou, eow, dat. & acc., AS. eów, used as dat. & acc. of ge, gē, ye; akin to OFries. iu, io, D. u, G. euch, OHG. iu, dat., iuwih, acc., Icel. yðr, dat. & acc., Goth. izwis; of uncertain origin. √189. Cf. Your.] The pronoun of the second person, in the nominative, dative, and objective case, indicating the person or persons addressed. See the Note under Ye.

    Ye go to Canterbury; God you speed. Chaucer.

    Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you

    To leave this place. Shak.

    In vain you tell your parting lover

    You wish fair winds may waft him over. Prior.

    ☞ Though you is properly a plural, it is in all ordinary discourse used also in addressing a single person, yet properly always with a plural verb. “Are you he that hangs the verses on the trees, wherein Rosalind is so admired ?” Shak.
    You and your are sometimes used indefinitely, like we, they, one, to express persons not specified. “The looks at a distance like a new-plowed land; but as you come near it, you see nothing but a long heap of heavy, disjointed clods.” Addison. “Your medalist and critic are much nearer related than the world imagine.” Addison. “It is always pleasant to be forced to do what you wish to do, but what, until pressed, you dare not attempt.” Hook.
    You is often used reflexively for yourself of yourselves. “Your highness shall repose you at the tower.” Shak.

  3. Your ( ūr ), pron. & a. [OE. your, ȝour, eowr, eower, AS. eówer, originally used as the gen. of ge, gē, ye; akin to OFries. iuwer your, OS. iuwar, D. uw, OHG. iuwēr, G. euer, Icel. yðar, Goth. izwara, izwar, and E. you. √189. See You.] The form of the possessive case of the personal pronoun you.

    ☞ The possessive takes the form yours when the noun to which it refers is not expressed, but implied; as, this book is yours. “An old fellow of yours.” Chaucer.