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him

[him] /hɪm/
pronoun
1.
the objective case of he, used as a direct or indirect object:
I'll see him tomorrow. Give him the message.
2.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun he in the predicate after the verb to be):
It's him. It isn't him.
3.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun his before a gerund):
We were surprised by him wanting to leave.
noun
4.
Informal. a male:
Is the new baby a her or a him?
Origin of him
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English, dative of he1
Can be confused
him, hymn.
Usage note
See he1, me.
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  • Bunco grinned at this, and observed that it was “time for hims be go sleep.”

    Over the Rocky Mountains R.M. Ballantyne
  • Oh, dat am noting,” said Bunco, drawing himself up proudly; “me hab kill lots of dem before; but dis one hims die hard.

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then me climb up side of rocks so hims no touch me, but must pass below me quite near.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • “My fadder would knock zoo down if zoo say dat to hims face,” replied the child confidently.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • These people do not use any feminine adjective, and their "hims" are very confusing sometimes.

  • "hims bin here all night," replied the girl, with a broad grin (and the breadth of Poopy's broad grin was almost appalling).

  • hims got leettle out ob sorts,” said the sympathetic Ebony, suggesting a milder state of things.

    The Madman and the Pirate R.M. Ballantyne
  • You do shoode, und if you shoode him, it is petter than for hims to be eaten oop alife, und you may shoode den leopard.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • Let hims get oop, he vas not hoort me, aftaire all; and I vas vorgif hims, vor he vas not know vat he vas do!

    The Island Treasure John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for hims

Hims

/hɪmz/
noun
1.
a former name of Homs

him

/hɪm; unstressed ɪm/
pronoun (objective)
1.
refers to a male person or animal: they needed him, she baked him a cake, not him again!
2.
(mainly US) a dialect word for himself he ought to find him a wife
Word Origin
Old English him, dative of he1

HIM

abbreviation
1.
His (or Her) Imperial Majesty
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Word Origin and History for hims

him

pron.

Old English him, originally dative masculine and neuter of he; beginning 10c. it replaced hine as masculine accusative, a regional process completed by 15c. The dative roots of the -m ending are retained in German (ihm) and Dutch (hem). Hine persists, barely, as the southern England dialectal 'un, 'n for "him."

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