Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Chiefly British Used to express thanks.

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  • interj. Thanks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or provincial reduction of take.
  • n. Middle English forms of toe.
  • n. The chemical symbol of tantalum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hard grey lustrous metallic element that is highly resistant to corrosion; occurs in niobite and fergusonite and tantalite

Etymologies

Baby-talk alteration of thank you.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Most likely influenced by the Danish word tak, the Swedish word tack, and the Icelandic word takk, meaning thanks, via a process of final consonant deletion see Wikipedia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Alas! how long they were coming, and yet the drum at the door continued gayly its _rat ta ta ta_.

    Nobody's Boy Sans Famille

  • The city feller transferred the title ta Bartholemew, an' after a few minutes I had the title in another name usin' a few shell companies ta hide the transactions.

    Down on the Pharm

  • If the term ta biblia was used in the 2nd century AD to describe the books of the Bible as a whole,

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • In Reply To fer some reason what i said dint post here bubinski. the muni don't have nuthin ta do wit them transitos which is state "traffic" cops whose headquarters here is in riberas. ya got a beef-talk to the jefe there. pedrito, usually the presidente municipal does have authority with transito. don pedro

    Disgusting Thieves

  • | Private Reply fer some reason what i said dint post here bubinski. the muni don't have nuthin ta do wit them transitos which is state "traffic" cops whose headquarters here is in riberas. ya got a beef-talk to the jefe there.

    Disgusting Thieves

  • LinkYeah, I got somethin 'ta say navigation viewing

    Tweets I have known

  • Link2 had somethin 'ta say | Yeah, I got somethin' ta say

    Insert amusing Twitter-related title here.

  • Link5 had somethin 'ta say | Yeah, I got somethin' ta say navigation viewing

    Yes, it's Twitter stuff again

  • They are further called ta ` pneumatika ` tes poneri'as, spiritual wickedness, as the phrase is rendered in our version.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

  • Albany itself has taken the name of a Scottish dukedom for its ancient Iroquois cognomen, Ske-nek-ta-dea: of this compound term, Ske is a propositional particle, and means beyond; nek is the Mohawk name for a pine; and the term ta-dea is descriptive of a valley.

    Memoirs of 30 Years with the Indian Tribes on the American Frontiers

Comments

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  • My take on ta: http://editormark.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/7/

    September 21, 2011

  • Mark: I'll sign up to that. I think if I could magically make one BrE word native to those around me it would be not balls-up, nor even minger but ta. If it takes Tw@ter to achieve that, so be it.

    November 25, 2009

  • I was compelled moments ago to declare my intention to make "ta" the crossover BrE -> AmE word of 2010. (http://bit.ly/8k1TdY) It is the perfect way to say "thank you" on Twitter, much nicer than the clunky TY. I urge you to join me in making '10 the year of "ta"

    Incidentally,none of the examples given present "ta" in its usage as "thank you."

    November 25, 2009

  • ta = thanks on planet janet

    January 27, 2008

  • Chemical element symbol for Tantalum.

    December 1, 2007

  • Also a flat Egyptian bread.

    November 27, 2007

  • My Scottish boss uses it too and she's a darling :)

    April 3, 2007

  • My Scottish Mother-in-law uses this one all the time, makes me smile and think of her. =)

    April 3, 2007