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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. 2016.
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  • But mayhap you don't know what a parson is to us poor folk that has ne'er a friend more larned than theirselves but the parson.

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

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • They got theirselves married and went off, and he was well nigh as old as me.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset Anthony Trollope
  • It war the sort of thing they'd have said theirselves, and so they could relish it.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • For a flea, my dear-gentlemen may bring that theirselves; but a b——-, that's a stationary, and born of a bed.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • And, boys, ef thar's a rush, yer kin leave our loads to theirselves.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • Jest two men by theirselves kin fix up a thing like this a lot quicker, and I seen you didn't want to talk too much before them.

    In the Arena Booth Tarkington
  • I wish the public--and the company--'d try it theirselves,--for a month.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • But it's time the gentry swells knowed as how we're yuman bein's as well as theirselves.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • It seems that they got some trick notions about theirselves.

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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