- belonging to or associated with the speaker；used with a name to refer to a member of the speaker's family
- 1. belonging to or associated with the speaker my name is John my friend
- ▪ informal used with a name to refer to a member of the speaker's family my Johnny, see, he was smart
- ▪ used with forms of address in affectionate, sympathetic, humorous, or patronizing contexts my dear boy my poor baby
- 2. used in various expressions of surprise my goodness! oh my!