himself

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English. Equivalent to him +‎ -self.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • 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
    He injured himself.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in 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.
  2. (emphatic) He; used as an intensifier, often to emphasize that the referent is the exclusive participant in the predicate
    He was injured himself.
  3. (Ireland, otherwise archaic) The subject or non-reflexive object of a predicate; he himself.
  4. (Ireland) The subject or non-reflexive object of a predicate; he (used of upper-class gentlemen, or sarcastically, of men who imagine themselves to be more important than others)
    Has himself come down to breakfast yet?
    Have you seen himself yet this morning?

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