himself

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hymself, from Old English him selfum. 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 itself, plural themselves, gender-neutral singular himself or themself)

  1. (reflexive) Him; the male object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
    He injured himself.
  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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