him

[him]
pronoun
  1. the objective case of he, used as a direct or indirect object: I'll see him tomorrow. Give him the message.
  2. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun he in the predicate after the verb to be): It's him. It isn't him.
  3. Informal. (used instead of the pronoun his before a gerund): We were surprised by him wanting to leave.
noun
  1. Informal. a male: Is the new baby a her or a him?

Origin of him

before 900; Middle English, Old English, dative of he1
Can be confusedhim hymn

Usage note

See he1, me.

he

1
[hee; unstressed ee]
pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
  1. the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
  2. anyone (without reference to gender); that person: He who hesitates is lost.
noun, plural hes.
  1. any male person or animal; a man: hes and shes.
adjective
  1. male (usually used in combination): a he-goat.

Origin of he

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English (masculine nominative singular); cognate with Dutch hij, Old Saxon hē, Old High German her he; see his, him, she, her, it1

Usage note

Traditionally, the masculine singular pronouns he1 , his, and him have been used generically to refer to indefinite pronouns like anyone, everyone, and someone ( Everyone who agrees should raise his right hand ) and to singular nouns that can be applied to either gender ( painter, parent, person, teacher, writer, etc.): Every writer knows that his first book is not likely to be a bestseller. This generic use is often criticized as sexist, although many speakers and writers continue the practice.
Those who object to the generic use of he have developed various ways of avoiding it. One is to use he/she or she/he (or he or she or she or he ) or the appropriate case forms of these pairs: Everyone who agrees should raise his or her (or her or his or his/her or her/his ) right hand. Forms blending the feminine and masculine pronouns, as s/he, have not been widely adopted, probably because of confusion over how to say them.
Another solution is to change the antecedent pronoun or noun from singular to plural so that the plural pronouns they, their, and them can be used: All who agree should raise their right hands. All writers know that their first books are not likely to be bestsellers. See also they.

H.I.M.

  1. His Imperial Majesty; Her Imperial Majesty.
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British Dictionary definitions for him

him

pronoun (objective)
  1. refers to a male person or animalthey needed him; she baked him a cake; not him again!
  2. mainly US a dialect word for himself he ought to find him a wife

Word Origin for him

Old English him, dative of he 1

xref

See me 1

HIM

abbreviation for
  1. His (or Her) Imperial Majesty

He

the chemical symbol for
  1. helium

HE

abbreviation for
  1. high explosive
  2. His Eminence
  3. His (or Her) Excellency

he

1
pronoun (subjective)
  1. refers to a male person or animalhe looks interesting; he's a fine stallion
  2. refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybodyeverybody can do as he likes in this country
  3. refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sexa member of the party may vote as he sees fit
noun
    1. a male person or animal
    2. (in combination)he-goat
    1. a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to touch one of them, who then becomes the chaserCompare tag 2
    2. the person chasingCompare it 1 (def. 7)

Word Origin for he

Old English hē; related to Old Saxon hie, Old High German her he, Old Slavonic this, Latin cis on this side

he

2
noun
  1. the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h

he

3
interjection
  1. an expression of amusement or derisionAlso: he-he!, hee-hee!
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Word Origin and History for him
pron.

Old English him, originally dative masculine and neuter of he; beginning 10c. it replaced hine as masculine accusative, a regional process completed by 15c. The dative roots of the -m ending are retained in German (ihm) and Dutch (hem). Hine persists, barely, as the southern England dialectal 'un, 'n for "him."

he

pron.

Old English he (see paradigm of Old English third person pronoun below), from Proto-Germanic *hi- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch he, hi, Dutch hy, Old High German he), from PIE *ki-, variant of *ko-, the "this, here" (as opposed to "that, there") root (cf. Hittite ki "this," Greek ekeinos "that person," Old Church Slavonic si, Lithuanian šis "this"), and thus the source of the third person pronouns in Old English. The feminine, hio, was replaced in early Middle English by forms from other stems (see she), while the h- wore off Old English neuter hit to make modern it. The Proto-Germanic root also is the source of the first element in German heute "today," literally "the day" (cf. Old English heodæg).

caseSINGULAR--PLURAL
-masc.neut.fem.(all genders)
nom.hehitheo, hiohie, hi
acc.hinehithie, hihie, hi
gen.hishishirehira, heora
dat.himhimhirehim, heom

Pleonastic use with the noun ("Mistah Kurtz, he dead") is attested from late Old English. With animal words, meaning "male" (he-goat, etc.) from c.1300.

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him in Medicine

He

  1. The symbol for the elementhelium
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him in Science

He

  1. The symbol for helium.
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