[ him ]
/ hɪm /


the objective case of he, used as a direct or indirect object: I'll see him tomorrow. Give him the message.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun he in the predicate after the verb to be): It's him. It isn't him.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun his before a gerund): We were surprised by him wanting to leave.


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.
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/ (hɪmz) /


a former name of Homs

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/ (hɪm, unstressed ɪm) /

pronoun (objective)

refers to a male person or animalthey needed him; she baked him a cake; not him again!
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


See me 1

British Dictionary definitions for hims (3 of 3)


abbreviation for

His (or Her) Imperial Majesty
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Word Origin and History for hims



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."

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