myself

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Etymology[edit]

From me (pronoun) + self (pronoun). Later partly reinterpreted as my + self (noun).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /maɪˈsɛlf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛlf
  • Hyphenation: my‧self

Pronoun[edit]

myself (reflexive case of I)

  1. (reflexive) Me, as direct or indirect object the speaker as the object of a verb or preposition, when the speaker is also the subject. [from 9th c.]
    I taught myself.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Thinks I to myself, “Sol, you're run off your course again. This is a rich man's summer ‘cottage’ and if you don't look out there's likely to be some nice, lively dog taking an interest in your underpinning.”
  2. Personally, for my part; used in apposition to I, sometimes for simple emphasis and sometimes with implicit exclusion of any others performing the activity described. [from 10th c.]
  3. Me (as the object of a verb or preposition). [from 10th c.]
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 36:
      Later I realized that the ignorant man that day was not the chief but myself.
  4. (archaic) I (as the subject of a verb). [from 14th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.8:
      And my selfe have knowen a Gentleman, a chiefe officer of our crowne, that by right and hope of succession (had he lived unto it) was to inherit above fifty thousand crownes a yeere good land [].
  5. (informal) Either I or me.
    We still need a few volunteers for Tuesday night, so see Sarah or myself if you want to help.

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  • Use where I could be used is mostly poetic or archaic, except with a coordinating conjunction, such as and.
  • Garner's Modern American Usage (2009) reports opposition to the intensifier use, especially where I could be used.
  • AP Stylebook Online (2010) reports opposition to the intensifier use as reflexive pronouns (myself) should not be used instead of objective pronouns (me).

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myself (plural ourselves)

  1. that being which is oneself
    I am not myself today.

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