himself

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  • IPA(key): /hɪmˈsɛlf/, /ɪ̈msɛlf/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛlf
  • Hyphenation: him‧self

Pronoun[edit]

himself (the third person singular, masculine, personal pronoun, reflexive form of he, Feminine herself, neuter (nonhuman) itself, neuter (human) himself, plural themselves)

  1. (reflexive) him; the male object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
      Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.
    He injured himself.
  2. (emphatic) he; used as an intensifier, often to emphasize that the referent is the exclusive participant in the predicate
    • Bible, Is. vii. 14
      The Lord himself shall give you a sign.
    He was injured himself.
  3. (now archaic or nonstandard) The subject or non-reflexive object of a predicate; "he himself".
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.7:
      Yet it is that himselfe had been liberally gratified by his Unkle with militarie rewards, before ever he went to warres.
    • Denham
      With shame remembers, while himself was one / Of the same herd, himself the same had done.
    • 1998, Kirk Jones, Waking Ned, Tomboy films
      Dennis: His glass is there and himself is in the toilet.

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