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[th air-self] /ˌðɛərˈsɛlf/
pronoun, Nonstandard.
Also, theirselves
[th air-selvz] /ˌðɛərˈsɛlvz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of theirself
1250-1300; Middle English; formed on analogy of myself Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An' I didn't tell anyone else about it; an' if they found it out for theirselves, I was angry.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • "I canna see what they want drownin' theirselves for," said Morel.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • Just like an awful great pair of trousers walking by theirselves!

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • The fact that many persons actually say hisself and theirselves.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • But that is the way with all of them men, thinking so much of theirselves, and that it's but ask and have.


    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • It war the sort of thing they'd have said theirselves, and so they could relish it.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • And, boys, ef thar's a rush, yer kin leave our loads to theirselves.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • I wish the public--and the company--'d try it theirselves,--for a month.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • It seems that they got some trick notions about theirselves.

  • They got theirselves married and went off, and he was well nigh as old as me.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    Anthony Trollope
Word Origin and History for theirselves


c.1300, variant of themself, with self, originally an inflected adjective, treated as a noun with a meaning "person." Related: Theirselves.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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