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