• Himself


    • IPA: /hɪmˈsÉ›lf/, /ɪ̈msÉ›lf/
    • Rhymes: -É›lf
    • Hyphenation: him + self

    Full definition of himself



    (the third person singular, masculine, personal pronounreflexive form of - heFeminine - herselfneuter (nonhuman) - itselfneuter (human) - himselfplural - themselves)
    1. (reflexive) him; the male object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
      • 1898, Winston Churchill, The Celebrity Chapter 2, 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. He injured himself.
    3. (emphatic) he; used as an intensifier, often to emphasize that the referent is the exclusive participant in the predicate
      • Bible, Is. vii. 14The Lord himself shall give you a sign.
    4. He was injured himself.
    5. (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.
      • DenhamWith shame remembers, while himself was one
        Of the same herd, himself the same had done.
      • 1998, Kirk Jones, Waking Ned, Tomboy filmsDennis: His glass is there and himself is in the toilet.


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