[ hur; unstressed her, er ]
/ hɜr; unstressed hər, ər /
the objective case of she: We saw her this morning. Give this book to her.
the possessive case of she (used as an attributive adjective): Her coat is the one on the chair. I'm sorry about her leaving.Compare hers.
the dative case of she: I gave her the book.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun she in the predicate after the verb to be): It's her. It isn't her.
Slang. a female: Is the new baby a her or a him?
Words nearby her
Origin of her
before 900; Middle English her(e), Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she (feminine of hē he1)
Definition for her (2 of 3)
[ shee ]
/ ʃi /
pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
the woman: She who listens learns.
anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.
noun, plural shes.
a female person or animal.
an object or device considered as female or feminine.
Origin of she
Definition for her (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for her (1 of 3)
/ (hɜː, unstressed hə, ə) /
refers to a female person or animalhe loves her; they sold her a bag; something odd about her; lucky her!
refers to things personified as feminine or traditionally to ships and nations
mainly US a dialect word for herself she needs to get her a better job
of, belonging to, or associated with herher silly ideas; her hair; her smoking annoys me
Word Origin for her
Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she, feminine of hēo he 1; related to Old High German ira, Gothic izōs, Middle Dutch hare
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British Dictionary definitions for her (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for her (3 of 3)
/ (ʃiː) /
refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she's a fine mare
refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she's apples; she'll be right
- a female person or animal
- (in combination)she-cat
Word Origin for she
Old English sīe, accusative of sēo, feminine demonstrative pronoun
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