Definition of prithee in English:

prithee

exclamation

archaic
  • Please (used to convey a polite request)

    ‘prithee, Jack, answer me honestly’
    • ‘Another boy across the room read the line of the Duke, ‘Ay; prithee, sing.‘’
    • ‘This is seen in the quote: ‘Nay, I prithee put on this gown and this beard; make him believe thou are Sir Topas the curate; do it quickly.’’
    • ‘Give thou me, I prithee, a break, forsooth.’
    • ‘What, prithee, is this all about?’
    • ‘And prithee pretty maiden, will you tell me pray, what do you do to afford this most expensive meal?’
    please, if you please, if you would be so good, if you wouldn't mind, have the goodness to, pray
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Origin

Late 16th century: abbreviation of I pray thee.

Pronunciation

prithee

/ˈprɪðiː/