her

[ hur; unstressed her, er ]
/ hɜr; unstressed hər, ər /

pronoun

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.

noun

Slang. a female: Is the new baby a her or a him?

Nearby words

  1. heptode,
  2. heptose,
  3. hepworth,
  4. hepworth, dame barbara,
  5. hepzibah,
  6. her.,
  7. hera,
  8. heraclea,
  9. heracleides,
  10. heracles

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

her

/ (hɜː, unstressed , ə) /

pronoun (objective)

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

determiner

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

xref

See me 1

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Word Origin and History for her's
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