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Definitions of i word
- noun plural i the ninth letter of the English alphabet, a vowel. 1
- noun plural i any spoken sound represented by the letter I or i, as in big, nice, or ski. 1
- noun plural i something having the shape of an I. 1
- noun plural i a written or printed representation of the letter I or i. 1
- noun plural i a device, as a printer's type, for reproducing the letter I or i. 1
- noun plural i (used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular). 1
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Origin of i
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English ik, ich, i; Old English ic, ih; cognate with German ich, Old Norse ek, Latin ego, Greek egṓ, OCS azŭ, Lithuanian aš, Sanskrit ahám
Parts of speech for I
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
i usage trend in Literature
Synonyms for i
- caricature — A caricature of someone is a drawing or description of them that exaggerates their appearance or behaviour in a humorous or critical way.
- boast — If someone boasts about something that they have done or that they own, they talk about it very proudly, in a way that other people may find irritating or offensive.
- color — the sensation resulting from stimulation of the retina of the eye by light waves of certain lengths
- distort — to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers.
- fabricate — to make by art or skill and labor; construct: The finest craftspeople fabricated this clock.
- myself — There is no disagreement over the use of myself and other -self forms when they are used intensively (I myself cannot agree) or reflexively (He introduced himself proudly). Questions are raised, however, when the -self forms are used instead of the personal pronouns (I, me, etc.) as subjects, objects, or complements. Myself occurs only rarely as a single subject in place of I: Myself was the one who called. The recorded instances of such use are mainly poetic or literary. It is also uncommon as a simple object in place of me: Since the letter was addressed to myself, I opened it. As part of a compound subject, object, or complement, myself and to a lesser extent the other -self forms are common in informal speech and personal writing, somewhat less common in more formal speech and writing: The manager and myself completed the arrangements. Many came to welcome my husband and myself back to Washington. Myself and other -self forms are also used, alone or with other nouns or pronouns, in constructions after as, than, or but in all varieties of speech and writing: The captain has far more experience than myself in such matters. Orders have arrived for everyone but the orderlies and yourself. There is ample precedent, going as far back as Chaucer and running through the whole range of British and American literature and other serious formal writing, for all these uses. Many usage guides, however, state that to use myself in any construction in which I or me could be used instead (as My daughter and myself play the flute instead of My daughter and I, or a gift for my husband and myself instead of for my husband and me) is characteristic only of informal speech and that such use ought not to occur in writing. See also me.
- yours truly — a conventional phrase used at the end of a letter.
- me — of or involving an obsessive interest in one's own satisfaction: the me decade.
Antonyms for i
- deprecate — If you deprecate something, you criticize it.
- abridge — to reduce the length of (a written work) by condensing or rewriting
- compress — When you compress something or when it compresses, it is pressed or squeezed so that it takes up less space.
- condense — If you condense something, especially a piece of writing or speech, you make it shorter, usually by including only the most important parts.
- curtail — If you curtail something, you reduce or limit it.
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