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THY, poss. pron. Also thee (Ork., Rs.), thei; ty (Dmf.); dy, di(e), dee (Sh.). For the d- forms See T, letter, 9. (2) and also Dee, pron. The poss. form of the second pers. pron. sing., thine, your (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; I.Sc., Cai., Rs., ‡Dmf. 1972). For the usage see Thou. Hence thysel(l), ty-, thee-, yourself. See Sel, pron. [ðɑe, ‡tɑe; Sh. di; Ork., Rs. ði] Sc. 1728  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 155:
Thou needs nae mair, but paint thy sell.
Ayr. 1785  Burns Holy Willie's Prayer i.:
Who, as it pleases best Thysel.
Dmf. 1820  Hogg Winter Ev. Tales I. 265:
Yeance I faund the weight o' thei stane, . . . . How's tou theesel?
Ayr. 1822  Galt Entail viii.:
Haud thy tongue, woman. . . . To speak to ane o' thy capacity on things so far aboon thy understanding.
Dmf. 1838  Carlyle Life in London (Froude 1884) I. 133:
Dinna gang to dad tysel' a' abroad.
wm.Sc. 1854  Laird of Logan 426:
Tak' care o' theesel' in this muckle waff toun o' ours.
Ork. 1884  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 8:
Weel, gillie, what's thee news?
Rxb. 1905  Border Mag. (Dec.) 231:
Aw ken thy character, an' aw wadna come to thie.
Ork. 1929  E. Linklater Whitemaa's Saga 123, 242:
She'd ken thee voice though she's owre blin' to see thee face. . . . It's time thoo were gettin' merrit theesel', boy.
Ork. 1968  M. A. Scott Island Saga 94:
Thoo never bothered a neebor wi' thee wand.

[The I.Sc. forms no doubt partly represent reduced forms of Norw. din, di, ditt, thy.]

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"Thy possess. pron.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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