how to pronounce thou


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the above transcription of thou is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

thou is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of thou in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… one thou like a few times yeah so yeah …”

meanings of thou


  1. Honorific alternative letter-case form of thou, sometimes used when referring to God or another important figure who is understood from context.
  2. Nominative singular of ye (“you").


  1. To address (a person) using the pronoun thou, especially as an expression of contempt or familiarity.
  2. To use the word thou.


  1. A unit of length equal to one-thousandth of an inch.
  2. A thousand, especially a thousand of some currency (dollars, pounds sterling, etc.).


  1. Misspelling of though.


  1. Misspelling of though.

thou frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word thou occurs in english on average 20.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics thou can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that thou can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to thou


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