he

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English he, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

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

  1. (personal) 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, sometimes proscribed, see usage notes) A person whose gender is unknown or irrelevant.
    The rulebook clearly states that "if any student is caught cheating, he will be expelled", and you were caught cheating, were you not, Anna?
  3. (personal) An animal whose gender is unknown.
Usage notes[edit]
  • He was traditionally used as both a masculine and a gender-neutral pronoun, but since the mid 20th century generic usage has sometimes been considered sexist and limiting.[1][2] It is deprecated by some style guides, such as Wadsworth.[3] In place of generic he, writers and speakers may use he or she, alternate he and she as the indefinite person in their work, use the singular they, or rephrase their sentences to use plural they.
Synonyms[edit]

Determiner[edit]

he

  1. (African American Vernacular) Synonym of his
Quotations[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]
See also[edit]
References[edit]
  1. ^ he” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ When Words Collide: A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style (2007, →ISBN
  3. ^ The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 2009 MLA Update Edition →ISBN, page 81: [A]void using the generic he or him when your subject could be either male or female. [...] Sexist: Before boarding, each passenger should make certain that he has his ticket. / Revised: Before boarding, passengers should make certain that they have their tickets.

Noun[edit]

he (plural hes)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

he

  1. The name of the fifth letter of many Semitic alphabets (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus, Folio Society 2007, page 210:
      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.
    • 1988, Christina Pribićević-Zorić, translating Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars, Vintage 1989, p. 7:
      This Nehama claimed that in his own hand he recognized the consonant “he” of his Hebrew language, and in the letter “vav” his own male soul.
Translations[edit]
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Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Aukan[edit]

Noun[edit]

he

  1. paca (large South and Central American rodent)

References[edit]


Breton[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Welsh ei.

Determiner[edit]

he

  1. her
    he zadher father

Catalan[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

he

  1. first-person singular present indicative form of haver

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A natural expression.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

he

  1. an expression of physical pain; ouch.

References[edit]

  • Alonso de Molina (1571) Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana y mexicana y castellana, Editorial Porrúa, page 22r

Danish[edit]

Interjection[edit]

he

  1. (onomatopoeia) Signifies a laugh, especially one that is slightly mischievous.

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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

Derived terms[edit]

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Fasu[edit]

Noun[edit]

hẹ or hȩ́ (Fasu)

  1. water
  2. river
    he Aiyo : the River Aiyo
  3. lake
    he Kutupu : Lake Kutubu
  4. liquid

Synonyms[edit]

  • hi (Namumi)

References[edit]


Finnish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhe/, [ˈhe̞]
  • Rhymes: -e
  • Hyphenation: he
  • (file)

Pronoun[edit]

he

  1. (personal) they (always plural, only of people)
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")
Declension[edit]
Synonyms[edit]
  • (dialectal): het
  • (dialectal): hyö
  • (colloquial): ne

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

he

  1. he (fifth letter of the Hebrew and Phoenician scripts and the Northwest Semitic abjad)
Declension[edit]
Inflection of he (Kotus type 21/rosé, no gradation)
nominative he het
genitive hen heiden
heitten
partitive hetä heitä
illative hehen heihin
singular plural
nominative he het
accusative nom. he het
gen. hen
genitive hen heiden
heitten
partitive hetä heitä
inessive hessä heissä
elative hestä heistä
illative hehen heihin
adessive hellä heillä
ablative heltä heiltä
allative helle heille
essive henä heinä
translative heksi heiksi
instructive hein
abessive hettä heittä
comitative heineen

German Low German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

From Old Saxon , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

he m (genitive sin, dative 1 em, dative 2 en, dative 3 jüm, accusative 1 em, accusative 2 en)

  1. (in some dialects, including, Münsterländisch, 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.

Further reading[edit]

  • G. Ungt, Twee Geschichten in Mönstersk Platt. Ollmanns Jans in de Friümde un Ollmanns Jans up de Reise, 1861. The text has dative em and accusative em and en, and on page 22 the author notes: "Hier und in vielen Fällen steht der Dativ em statt des Accusativ en (ihm statt ihn) nach der Bequemlichkeit, die sich diese Mundart erlaubt." (Here and in many other places stands the dative em instead of the accusative en ...)

Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Article[edit]

he (indefinite)

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

Ido[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

he (plural be-i)

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

See also[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

he

  1. Rōmaji transcription of (hiragana)
  2. Rōmaji transcription of (katakana)

Kikuyu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Hinde (1904) records kuha as an equivalent of English give in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu, listing also Swahili kupa, etc. as its equivalents.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

he (infinitive kũhe)

  1. to give

Derived terms[edit]

(Proverbs)

Related terms[edit]

(Nouns)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 26–27. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu, p. 361. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).

Lakota[edit]

Particle[edit]

he

  1. question-marking particle used by females in formal speech
    Mázaškaŋškaŋ tóna he?what time is it?

Usage notes[edit]

Informally, both men and women use this question-marking particle. When speaking formally, however, only women use it. In a formal setting, men use huwó, hwo, or huŋwó.

Synonyms[edit]


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]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronoun[edit]

he (accusative him, hine, genitive his, hisen, possessive determiner his)

  1. Third-person singular masculine pronoun: he
  2. it; used also of inanimate objects
  3. (impersonal) Third-person singular impersonal pronoun: one; you.
Usage notes[edit]

In addition to referring to male humans and animals, this pronoun was used for inanimate objects belonging to the masculine grammatical gender early in Middle English. As grammatical gender obsolesced, this pronoun continued to refer to inanimate objects.

Descendants[edit]
  • Scots: he
  • English: he

References[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English hīe, .

Pronoun[edit]

he (accusative hem, he, genitive heres, heren, possessive determiner here)

  1. Third-person plural nominative pronoun: they
  2. Third-person plural accusative pronoun: them
See also[edit]

References[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

he

  1. Alternative form of heo

References[edit]


Middle Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Saxon , from Proto-Germanic *hiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

  1. (third person singular masculine nominative) he

Declension[edit]


Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

 m (accusative hine, genitive his, dative him)

  1. he
  2. it (when the thing being referred to is masculine)

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: he
    • Scots: he
    • English: he

Old Saxon[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hiz.

Pronoun[edit]

 m

  1. he

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • German Low German: he

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

he

  1. Obsolete spelling of é

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English he, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz (this, this one).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

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

  1. he

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic هَا(); 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.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

he f (plural hes)

  1. he; the Hebrew letter ה

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

he

  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of haber.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to häva.

Verb[edit]

he

  1. (regional, colloquial) to put

Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

he (definite accusative heyi, plural heler)

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

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Particle[edit]

he

  1. Alternative form of ha

Interjection[edit]

he

  1. Alternative form of ha

Westrobothnian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse þat n, from Proto-Germanic *þat (neuter of *sa (that)), from Proto-Indo-European *tód (neuter of *só (that)). Akin to English that.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [he], [hɛ] (example of pronunciation)

Pronoun[edit]

he n (dative dy or di, genitive diss)

  1. (demonstrative) that
  2. (personal) it

Conjunction[edit]

he

  1. that
  2. as, when, simultaneously as

Usage notes[edit]

The prepositions å/a, fyri, i, ti, åt/at, /ve, fȯr, onna and unnär govern the accusative for direction, and dative for location or relation, while diss is used like the when comparing things.

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of hȯrä or hvo.

Adverb[edit]

he

  1. how
  2. what

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse hefja, from Proto-Germanic *habjaną.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

he (present he or hev or häv, preterite hov, supine hyvi or hevi or hävi)

  1. put