[ 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?
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Origin of her
before 900; Middle English her(e), Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she (feminine of hēhe1)
Definition for her (2 of 2)
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/ (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 2)
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