Etymology: = I owe you
* * *nounan informal debt instrument; representing `I owe you'
* * *\\|ī(ˌ)ō|yü\ noun (-s)Etymology: from the pronunciation of I owe you: a paper that has on it the letters IOU and a signature as an acknowledgment of debt, that names a sum of money, and that is sometimes used as the equivalent of a promissory note
* * *a written acknowledgment of a debt, esp. an informal one consisting only of the letters IOU, the sum owed, and the debtor's signature.Also, I.O.U.[1610-20; repr. I owe you]
* * *IOU /ī-ō-ūˈ/nounA signed slip of paper or other document acknowledging a debt (esp of money) to a specified person, stating the date and nature of the debtORIGIN: Pronunciation of I owe you
* * *a piece of paper that you sign to say that you owe someone an amount of money. The letters ‘IOU’ sound like the words ‘I owe you’.
* * *n. a signed document acknowledging a debtOrigin:late 18th cent.: representing the pronunciation of I owe you
* * */ˌaıˌoʊˈjuː/ noun, pl IOUs [count]informal : a usually written promise to pay a debt
I don't have any cash, so I'll have to give you an IOU.— often used figuratively
The governor has acquired some political IOUs over the years. [=other people owe the governor political favors]◇ IOU is from the pronunciation of the phrase “I owe you.”
* * *a written promise that you will pay sb the money you owe them (a way of writing ‘I owe you’)
an IOU for £100Word Origin:[IOU] late 18th cent.: representing the pronunciation of I owe you.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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