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Webster 1913 Edition


Me

Me

(mē̍)
,
p
ron.
One. See
Men
,
p
ron.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.

Me

(mē)
,
p
ers.
p
ron.
[AS.
mē
, dat. & acc.,
mec
, acc. only ; akin to D.
mij
, G.
mich
, Icel. & Goth.
mik
, L.
me
, Gr.
μέ
,
ἐμέ
, Skr.
mā
,
mām
. √187. Cf. 2d
Mine
.]
The person speaking, regarded as an object; myself; a pronoun of the first person used as the objective and dative case of the pronoum I;
as, he struck
me
; he gave
me
the money, or he gave the money to
me
; he got
me
a hat, or he got a hat for
me
.
☞ In methinks, me is properly in the dative case, and the verb is impersonal, the construction being, it appears to me. In early use me was often placed before forms of the verb to be with an adjective; as, me were lief.
Me
rather had my heart might frrl your love
Than my unpleased eye see your courtesy.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Me

ME

, pron. pers.; the objective case of I, answering to the oblique cases of ego, in Latin. [L. mihi.] Follow me; give to me; go with me. The phrase 'I followed me close,' is not in use. Before think, as in methinks, me is properly in the dative case,and the verb is impersonal; the construction is, it appears to me.

Definition 2022


Me

Me

See also: Appendix:Variations of "me"

English

Noun

Me

  1. (chemistry) Abbreviation of methyl.

Pronoun

Me

  1. Alternative letter-case form of me often used when speaking as God or another important figure who is understood from context.

Cornish

Etymology

From Latin māius (compare Breton Mae, Welsh Mai).

Proper noun

Me m

  1. May

See also

Mutation


French

Noun

Me m (plural Mes)

  1. Abbreviation of Maître, a title given to lawyers and notaries public

me

me

See also: Appendix:Variations of "me"

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) enPR: , IPA(key): /miː/
  • (US) enPR: , IPA(key): /mi/
  • Rhymes: -iː

Pronoun

me (first-person singular pronoun, referring to the speaker)

  1. As the direct object of a verb.
    Can you hear me?
  2. (obsolete) Myself; as a reflexive direct object of a verb.
  3. As the object of a preposition.
    Come with me.
  4. As the indirect object of a verb.
    He gave me this.
  5. (US, colloquial) Myself; as a reflexive indirect object of a verb; the ethical dative.
    • 1993 April, Harper’s Magazine,
      When I get to college, I’m gonna get me a white Nissan Sentra.
  6. (colloquial) As the complement of the copula (“be” or “is”).
    It wasn't me.
  7. (Australia, Britain, New Zealand, colloquial) My; preceding a noun, marking ownership.
    • a. 1918, Wilfred Owen, The Letter, in 1994, Douglas Kerr (editor), The Works of Wilfred Owen, page 54,
      There don′t seem much to say just now. / (Yer what? Then don′t, yer ruddy cow! / And give us back me cigarette!)
  8. (colloquial, with "and") As the subject of a verb.
    Me and my friends played a game.
  9. (nonstandard, not with "and") As the subject of a verb.
    • 1844, Charles Wilkes, Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, Vol. II,
      One of them, whose sobriquet was Big-headed Blackboy, was stretched out before the fire, and no answer could be obtained from him, but a drawling repetition, in grunts of displeasure, of “Bel (not) me want to go.”
    • 2005, Michael Chapman & Matthew Chapman, Teen Girl Squad Issue 10 (cartoon), part of Homestar Runner
      Strong Bad: Me gotta see that again.
Usage notes

Me is traditionally described as the accusative pronoun, meaning it should be used as the object of verbs and prepositions, while the nominative pronoun I should be used as the subject of verbs. However, “accusative” pronouns are widely used as the subject of verbs in colloquial speech if they are accompanied by and, for example, "me and her are friends". This usage is traditionally considered incorrect, and "she and I are friends" would be the preferred construction.

Using me as the lone subject (without and) of a verb (e.g. "me want", "me like") is a feature of various types of both pidgin English and that of infant English-learners, and is sometimes used by speakers of standard English for jocular effect (e.g. "me likee", "me wantee").

Although in the spoken version of some dialects 'me' is commonly used as a possessive, in writing, speakers of these dialects usually use my.

Some prescriptivists object to the use of me following the verb to be, as in “It wasn’t me”. The phrase “It was not I” is considered to be correct, though this may be seen as extreme and used for jocular effect.

Synonyms
  • (subject of a verb): I; my ass (vulgar or slang)
  • (reflexive object): myself
  • (complement of the copula): I
  • (indirect object): us (Australia, UK)
  • (marking ownership): my; mine (archaic)
Translations

Etymology 2

Determiner

me

  1. (dialectal) Eye dialect spelling of my.

See also

References

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin,

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: their · one · so · #40: me · an · we · who

Anagrams


Albanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [mɛ]

Etymology 1

From Proto-Albanian *me(t). Cognate to Ancient Greek μετά (metá, after, beyond;in the middle, between), Gothic miþ (miþ, with), Old Norse með.

Preposition

me (+accusative)

  1. with (accompanied by)
    Shkoj me tim vëlla.
    I'm going with my brother.
  2. with (possessing)
    E sheh djalin me sytë e kaltër?
    Do you see the guy with blue eyes?
  3. with (by means of)
    Preferoj të shkruaj me penë.
    I prefer to write with a pen.

Etymology 2

From Proto-Indo-European *manu, compare Ancient Greek (Hom.) μανός (manós, thin), Old Armenian մանր (manr, small). Alternatively it could represent a continuation of Proto-Indo-European *mṇi̯ō, to be compared with Latin minuō (lessen), Slavic *mьnь 'smaller' and the like.

Adjective

me m (feminine mee)

  1. insufficient, scanty, not full
Derived terms
Derived terms
  • metë

Annobonese

Etymology

From Portuguese mãe (mother), from Old Portuguese mãy, madre (mother), from Latin mātrem, accusative singular of māter (mother, matron), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *méh₂tēr (mother).

Noun

me

  1. mother

References

  • 2005, John H. McWhorter, Defining Creole

Asturian

Alternative forms

  • m' (before a vowel)

Etymology

From Latin , accusative singular of ego. As an indirect pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative singular of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronoun

me

  1. me (first-person plural direct pronoun)
  2. me (first-person plural indirect pronoun)

Carolinian

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin (accusative of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-.

Pronoun

me (enclitic, contracted 'm, proclitic em, contracted proclitic m')

  1. me (direct or indirect object)

Declension

Related terms


Chuukese

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Preposition

me

  1. from

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mə/

Pronoun

me

  1. me; First-person singular, objective, mute form of mij

Inflection



Estonian

Etymology

Short form of meie, from Proto-Finnic *mek.

Pronoun

me (genitive me, partitive meid)

  1. we

Declension


Finnish

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *mek, From Proto-Uralic *me. Cognate with Estonian me, Hungarian mi.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈme/
  • Hyphenation: me
  • Rhymes: -e

Pronoun

me (stem mei-)

  1. we

Inflection

Usage notes

  • Although usually omitted in written language (the verb shows both the person and the number), the pronoun is in spoken language practically always used. (compare the usage of minä (I))

Synonyms

See also


French

Etymology 1

From Middle French me, from Old French me, from Latin (accusative of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- (me). Northern dialects have preserved a form mi for the indirect object (also found in Old French in the Oaths of Strasbourg), from Latin mihi, dative singular of ego, through a Vulgar Latin *mi, whereas in standard French, it has merged into me.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mə/
  • Rhymes:

Pronoun

me (personal, objective case)

  1. (direct object) me
  2. (indirect object) to me
Related terms

Galician

Etymology

As an accusative singular/objective direct pronoun and reflexive pronoun, from Old Portuguese me, from Latin , accusative singular form of ego. As a dative singular/objective indirect pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative singular form of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronoun

me accusative and dative (nominative eu, oblique min)

  1. (to) me (dative singular first-person personal pronoun)
  2. me (accusative singular first-person personal pronoun)
  3. myself (reflexive singular first-person personal pronoun)

See also


Guaraní

Noun

me

  1. male
  2. husband

Haitian Creole

Etymology

From French mai (May)

Noun

me

  1. May

Hawaiian

Preposition

me

  1. with

Icelandic

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mɛː/
  • Rhymes: -ɛː

Interjection

me

  1. baa (representing the bleating sound sheep make)

Ido

Etymology

From English me, French me, Italian me, Spanish me, from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- (me).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /me/, /mɛ/

Pronoun

me (first-person singular)

  1. I, me
    Me es tre felica.
    I am very happy.
    Ka vu parolas a me?
    Are you talking to me?

Derived terms

  • mea (my, mine)
  • meo (something belonging to me)

Noun

me (plural be-i)

  1. The name of the Latin script letter B/b.

See also


Istriot

Etymology

From Latin , accusative singular of ego.

Pronoun

me

  1. objective of i; me; to me
    • 1877, Antonio Ive, Canti popolari istriani: raccolti a Rovigno, volume 5, Ermanno Loescher, page 40:
      Ti me pari oûna dea infra li dai,
      You seem to me a goddess among the gods,

Italian

Etymology

From Latin .

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /me/
  • Rhymes: -e

Pronoun

me (personal, objective case)

  1. to me

Related terms


Japanese

Romanization

me

  1. rōmaji reading of
  2. rōmaji reading of

Kurdish

Pronoun

me

  1. we (the speaker/writer and at least one other person)


This Kurdish entry was created from the translations listed at we. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see me in the Kurdish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Latin

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-, *(e)me-n- (me). Cognate with Ancient Greek με (me), εμέ (emé, me), Sanskrit मा (, me), Old English me, Old Frisian mi, Old Saxon , Dutch mij, Old High German mih (German mich), Old Norse mik, Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌺 (mik). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin me, Greek με (me), Old Irish (Irish , Welsh mi), Proto-Slavic *mene (Old Church Slavonic мене (mene), Russian меня́ (menjá)), Lithuanian mi, Albanian mua.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

(personal pronoun)

  1. me, myself; accusative singular of ego
  2. by me, with me, from me; ablative singular of ego

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Portuguese: me
  • Romanian:
  • Sicilian: mi
  • Spanish: me

References


Lojban

Cmavo

me (selma'o ME ME)

  1. Converts a sumti to a selbri; x1 is specific to the following sumti in aspect x2.
    ti me la meris.
    This is-Mary (or is-related-to-Mary).
    ta me li ny. me'u moi le'i mi ratcu
    That is-the-n-th of-the-set-of my rats.
    That is my n-th rat.

Usage notes

  • The phrase begun with me, which contains the sumti, can be terminated (if necessary) with me'u.

Mandarin

Romanization

me (Zhuyin ㄇㄜ˙)

  1. Pinyin transcription of
  2. Pinyin transcription of
  3. Pinyin transcription of
  4. Pinyin transcription of ,

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Mengen

Noun

me

  1. (drinkable) water
  2. any liquid
  3. (non-tidal) stream, river

References


Middle English

Etymology

Old English , from Proto-Indo-European. More at English me.

Pronoun

me

  1. me (first-person singular object pronoun)

Middle French

Alternative forms

  • m' (before a vowel)

Etymology

From Old French me.

Pronoun

me

  1. me, first-person singular object pronoun
  2. to me, first-person singular indirect object pronoun

Synonyms

  • (first-person singular object and indirect object pronoun): moy (with verbs in the imperative)

Descendants

  • French: me

Nalca

Noun

me

  1. son
  2. child

Nauruan

Conjunction

me

  1. and

Neapolitan

Etymology

From Latin .

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /me/
  • Rhymes: -e

Pronoun

me

  1. me (accusative or dative or reflexive or prepositional)

Coordinate terms

Number Person Nominative Accusative Dative Reflexive Possessive Prepositional
singular first-person io (i') me mìo, mìa, mieje, meje me, méne
second-person, familiar tu te tùjo, tòja, tùoje, tòje te, téne
second-person, formal vuje ve vuósto, vósta, vuóste, vóste vuje
third-person, masculine ìsso 'o, 'u (lo, lu) 'i, 'e (li, le) se sùjo, sòja, sùoje, sòje ìsso
third-person, feminine éssa 'a (la) 'e (le) éssa
plural first-person nuje ce nuósto, nòsta, nuóste, nòste nuje
second-person, plural vuje ve vuósto, vòsta, vuóste, vòste vuje
third-person, masculine ìsse 'i, 'e (li, le) llòro se llòro (invariable) llòro
third-person, feminine llòro 'e (le)

Norman

Alternative forms

  • (continental Normandy, Jersey)
  • maïr (Guernsey)

Noun

me f (plural mes)

  1. (Sark) sea

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

Probably from Old Norse mit (us two).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /me/ (example of pronunciation)

Pronoun

me

  1. we
    Kva skal me gjera?
    What shall we do?

Synonyms

References

See also


Novial

Pronoun

me

  1. I; me
  2. (reflexive) myself

Related terms


Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *miz, dative of *ek, from Proto-Indo-European *me. Cognate with Old Frisian mi, Old Saxon , Dutch mij, Old High German mih (German mich), Old Norse mik, Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌺 (mik). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin me, Greek με (me), Old Irish (Irish , Welsh mi), Proto-Slavic *mene (Old Church Slavonic мене (mene), Russian меня́ (menjá)), Lithuanian mi, Albanian mua.

Pronunciation

Pronoun

(personal pronoun)

  1. me: accusative or dative singular form of

Old French

Etymology

From Latin , accusative of ego. As an indirect object pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi, dative singular of ego, through a Vulgar Latin *mi (cf. the form mi in particular, found in early Old French in the Oaths of Strasbourg).

Pronoun

me

  1. myself (first-person singular reflexive pronoun)
  2. me (first-person singular direct object pronoun)
  3. to me (first-person singular indirect object pronoun)

Related terms

Descendants

  • Middle French: me
    • French: me

Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese me, from Latin (accusative of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-. As an objective indirect pronoun, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /mi/, /me/
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /mɨ/
  • Hyphenation: me
  • Rhymes: -i

Pronoun

me (personal pronoun)

  1. first-person singular objective direct personal pronoun; me
    • 2005, Lya Wyler (translator), J. K. Rowling (English author), Harry Potter e o Enigma do Príncipe (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Rocco, page 228:
      Você está me chamando de maluco?
      Are you calling me crazy?
    Meus amigos me ligaram.
    My friends called me.
  2. first-person singular objective indirect personal pronoun; (to) me
    Dê-me o copo.
    Give me the glass.
  3. first-person singular reflexive pronoun; myself
    Este tipo de tratamento me faz querer me enforcar.
    This kind of treatment makes me want to hang myself.

Quotations

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:me.

See also

Portuguese personal pronouns (edit)
Number Person Nominative
(subject)
Accusative
(direct object)
Dative
(indirect object)
Oblique Oblique
with com
Non-declining
m f m f m and f m f m f m f
Singular First eu me mim comigo
Second tu te ti contigo você
o senhor a senhora
Third ele ela o
(lo, no)
a
(la, na)
lhe ele ela com ele com ela o mesmo a mesma
se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)
Plural First nós nos nós connosco (Portugal)
conosco (Brazil)
a gente
Second vós vos vós convosco vocês
os senhores as senhoras
Third eles elas os
(los, nos)
as
(las, nas)
lhes eles elas com eles com elas os mesmos as mesmas
se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)
Indefinite se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)

Romani

Pronoun

me (personal)

  1. I

Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

From mar eisimpleir.

Alternative forms

Adverb

me

  1. e.g.

Serbo-Croatian

Pronoun

me (Cyrillic spelling ме)

  1. of me (genitive singular of (I))
  2. me (accusative singular of (I))

Declension


Slovene

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈméː/
  • Tonal orthography: mẹ̑

Pronoun

  1. we (feminine and neuter plural, more than two)

Declension

See also


Spanish

Etymology

From Latin (accusative singular of ego), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)me-. As an indirect object, possibly in part from Latin mihi (dative of ego), through a Vulgar Latin *mi.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /me/

Pronoun

me (objective case)

  1. (personal, direct object) me
  2. (personal, indirect object) to me, for me
  3. (personal, reflexive) myself

See also


Turkish

Etymology 1

Noun

me

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

Etymology 2

Noun

me

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter M/m.

See also


Vietnamese

Pronunciation

Noun

me

  1. tamarind