he

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English he, from Old English (he), from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (this, here). Cognate with Scots he (he), North Frisian hi (he), Saterland Frisian hie (he), West Frisian hy (he), Dutch hij (he), German Low German he (he), Danish han (he). Related to here.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

he (third-person singular, masculine, nominative case, accusative him, reflexive himself, possessive his)

  1. (personal) Refers to a male person or animal already known or implied.
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises[1]
      Though Bane’s sing-song voice gives his pronouncements a funny lilt, he doesn’t have any of the Joker’s deranged wit, and Nolan isn’t interested in undercutting his seriousness for the sake of a breezier entertainment.
  2. (personal) Refers to a person whose gender is unknown.
  3. (personal) Refers to an animal whose gender is unknown.
Usage notes[edit]
  • See Wiktionary:English inflection for other personal pronouns.
  • he has traditionally been used as a gender-neutral pronoun, but since the mid-20th century such usage is considered sexist by some. As a result, some writers and speakers alternate he and she as the indefinite person in their work, or use the singular they.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (personal, A person whose gender is unknown): he or she, he/she, s/he, (informal) they, (Spivak) ey
  • (personal, An animal whose gender is unknown): it
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Noun[edit]

he (uncountable)

  1. The game of tag, or it, in which the player attempting to catch the others is called "he".
  2. (informal) A male person.
    Alex totally is a he.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Transliteration of various Semitic letters, such as Phoenician 𐤄 (h), Hebrew ה (h) and Syriac ܗ (h, ).

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Noun[edit]

he

  1. The name of the fifth letter of many Semitic alphabets (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
    • 1658, The same number in the Hebrew mysteries and Cabalistical accounts was the character of Generation; declared by the Letter He, the fifth in their Alphabet — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 210)
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Breton[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

he

  1. her

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Catalan[edit]

Verb[edit]

he

  1. first-person singular present indicative form of haver

Dutch[edit]

Interjection[edit]

he

  1. Misspelling of .
  2. Misspelling of .

Esperanto[edit]

Interjection[edit]

he

  1. interjection used to attract someone's attention, hey
  2. interjection expressing irony

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Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

he

  1. (personal) they (only of people).

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • In standard Finnish, he is practically never omitted, despite the verb showing both the person and the number. (compare the usage of hän, "she" / "he")

Synonyms[edit]

  • (dialectal): het
  • (dialectal): hyö
  • (colloquial): ne

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German Low German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (in other dialects, including Mecklenburgisch Western Pomeranian and Low Prussian) hei

Etymology[edit]

From Old Saxon (he), from Proto-Germanic *hiz (his, this one), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- (this, here). Cognate with English he (he), Dutch hij (he), Danish han (he). Related to here.

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Pronoun[edit]

he m (genitive sin, dative 1 em, dative 2 jüm, accusative en)

  1. (in some dialects, including, Mecklenburgisch, Western Pomeranian and Low Prussian, personal) he (third-person singular masculine pronoun)
    (Low Prussian) He ös to lat.
    He is too late.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Which dative is employed depends on dialect, not on function.
  • Some dialects might consider any of the inflected forms obsolete.

Hawaiian[edit]

Article[edit]

he (indefinite)

  1. a, an
    he wahine au
    I am a woman
    he wahine kāna
    he has a wife

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

he

  1. rōmaji reading of
  2. rōmaji reading of

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

he

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Maori[edit]

Article[edit]

he

  1. a, an, some: indefinite article

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- (this, here).

Pronoun[edit]

he

  1. he (third-person singular masculine subject pronoun)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: he

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- (this, here). Cognate with Old Frisian , (he), Old Saxon hie, (he), Old Norse hánn, hann (he), Gothic 𐌷𐌹𐌼𐌼𐌰 (himma, to this). Related to hēr.

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Pronoun[edit]

 m (accusative hine, genitive his, dative him)

  1. he

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: he
    • English: he

Old Saxon[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hiz, from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- (this, here).

Pronoun[edit]

 m

  1. he

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • German Low German: he

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

he

  1. Obsolete spelling of é.

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin habeō.

Verb[edit]

he

  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of haber.
See also[edit]
  • (with acute accent)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic; related to Portuguese eis.

Adverb[edit]

he

  1. (poetic, dated) here is
Usage notes[edit]
  • Takes pronoun suffixes, e.g. heme (here I am), and is mostly used together with aquí, ahí, allí.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

he f (plural hes)

  1. he; the Hebrew letter ה

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to häva.

Verb[edit]

he

  1. (regional, colloquial) to put

Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

he (definite accusative heyi, plural heler)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter H/h.

Noun[edit]

he (definite accusative heyi, plural heler)

  1. (informal) yup

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