- a person's self (used for emphasis or reflexively): One often hurts oneself accidentally.
- be oneself,
- to be in one's normal state of mind or physical condition.
- to be unaffected and sincere: One makes more friends by being oneself than by putting on airs.
- by oneself,
- without a companion; alone.
- through one's own efforts; unaided: to become a millionaire by oneself.
- come to oneself,
- Also come to.to regain consciousness.
- to regain one's self-possession; come to one's senses.
Origin of oneself
Related Words for by oneselfsolitary, desolate, isolated, deserted, reclusive, homeless, lonesome, destitute, empty, alone, unattended, individually, separately, freely, independently, personally, down, away, out, privately
1540s, one's self. Hyphenated 18c.; written as one word from c.1827, on model of himself, itself, etc.
Alone, unaccompanied; also, unassisted. For example, She enjoyed being by herself much of the time, or Brian can pick up his toys by himself. [c. a.d. 1000]
see avail (oneself) of; be oneself; beside oneself; burn (oneself) out; by oneself; cover one's ass (oneself); crank (oneself) up; do oneself in; excuse me (oneself); exert oneself; explain oneself; express oneself; fall all over (oneself); feel like oneself; find oneself; flatter oneself; fling oneself at; forget oneself; full of oneself; get a grip on (oneself); give a good account of oneself; give of oneself; give (oneself) away; give oneself up; have oneself; hear oneself think; help oneself; keep to oneself; kick oneself; knock oneself out; law unto oneself; lay (oneself) open; leave (oneself) open; let (oneself) go; live with (oneself); lose oneself in; make a laughingstock of oneself; make a name for oneself; make an exhibition of oneself; make a nuisance of oneself; make a pig of oneself; make oneself at home; make oneself scarce; not oneself; paint oneself into a corner; plume oneself; pride oneself on; pull oneself together; pull oneself up; put oneself out; relieve oneself; repeat oneself; shift for oneself; shoot oneself in the foot; spread oneself too thin; suit oneself; sure of oneself; take it upon oneself; throw oneself at; tie oneself in knots; trouble one's head (oneself) about.