- an emphatic appositive of her or she: She herself wrote the letter.
- a reflexive form of her: She supports herself.
- (used in absolute constructions): Herself still only a child, she had to take care of her four younger brothers and sisters.
- (used as the object of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb): She gave herself a facial massage. He asked her for a picture of herself.
- (used in comparisons after as or than): She found out that the others were even more nervous than herself.
- her normal or customary self: After a few weeks of rest, she will be herself again.
Origin of herself
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Examples from the Web for herself
Myerson herself appears to have bought into that stigma, offering mixed to negative views on the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
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One difference was that Chen was herself wearing white gloves.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Iggy Azalea herself might not even understand how polarizing and important a figure Iggy Azalea has become.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Kirke, the 23-year-old younger sister of Girls star Jemima Kirke, is a good example of that herself.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
Mired in ideological warfare, America faces her most formidable opponent yet— herself.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?
December 9, 2014
I ever told you she would bring you to shame, thus left to herself.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
There was a report that she had first worn it at her christening; the report originated with herself.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Sent her back her letters—with a tickler to herself on her conduct.
She kept on saying to herself that Mamma didn't know; she didn't know what she had done.
She would be like Mamma, and her little girl would be like herself.
- the reflexive form of she or her
- (intensifier)the queen herself signed the letter
- (preceded by a copula) her normal or usual selfshe looks herself again after the operation
- Irish and Scot the wife or woman of the houseis herself at home?
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Word Origin and History for herself
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