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  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.
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  1. Informal. a male: Is the new baby a her or a him?
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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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Contemporary Examples of hims

Historical Examples of hims

  • Bunco grinned at this, and observed that it was “time for hims be go sleep.”

  • Oh, dat am noting,” said Bunco, drawing himself up proudly; “me hab kill lots of dem before; but dis one hims die hard.

    Lost in the Forest

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Then me climb up side of rocks so hims no touch me, but must pass below me quite near.

  • “My fadder would knock zoo down if zoo say dat to hims face,” replied the child confidently.

    The Red Man's Revenge

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • These people do not use any feminine adjective, and their "hims" are very confusing sometimes.

British Dictionary definitions for hims


  1. a former name of Homs
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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
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Word Origin for him

Old English him, dative of he 1


See me 1


abbreviation for
  1. 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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