A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:


View Scan · View Transcription · from page 2313

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 2313

You. pron. [oƿ, ıuh, Saxon; the accusative of ᵹ, y.]

  1. The oblique case of ye.

    Ye have heard of the disponsation of the grace of God, which is given me to you ward. Eph. iii. 2.

            I thought to show you
    How easy 'twas to die, by my example,
    And hansel fate before you.
    Dryden's Cleomenes.

  2. It is used in the nominative; and though first introduced by corruption, is now established.

    You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames
    Into her scornful eyes.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

  3. It is the ceremonial word for the second person singular, and is always used, except in solemn language.

    Madam, the fates withstand, and you
    Are destin'd Hymen's willing victim too.

  4. It is used indefinitively, as the French on.

    We passed by what was one of those rivers of burning matter: this 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 on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ephesians (3) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: French (385) · Pronoun (5) · Saxon (215)

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "You." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 5, 2013. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/you/.

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.