[hur; unstressed her, er]
  1. the objective case of she: We saw her this morning. Give this book to her.
  2. 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.
  3. the dative case of she: I gave her the book.
  4. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun she in the predicate after the verb to be): It's her. It isn't her.
  1. Slang. a female: Is the new baby a her or a him?

Origin of her

before 900; Middle English her(e), Old English hire, genitive and dative of hēo she (feminine of he1)

Usage note

See he1, me.
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British Dictionary definitions for her's


pronoun (objective)
  1. refers to a female person or animalhe loves her; they sold her a bag; something odd about her; lucky her!
  2. refers to things personified as feminine or traditionally to ships and nations
  3. mainly US a dialect word for herself she needs to get her a better job
  1. 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


See me 1
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Word Origin and History for her's


objective case

Old English hire, third person singular feminine dative pronoun, which beginning in 10c. replaced accusative hie (see he). Cognate with Old Frisian hiri, Middle Dutch hore, Dutch haar, Old High German iru, German ihr.


possessive case

Old English hire, third person singular feminine genitive form of heo "she" (see she).

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