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[him-self; medially often im-self]
  1. an emphatic appositive of him or he1: He himself spoke to the men.
  2. a reflexive form of him: He cut himself.
  3. (used in absolute constructions): Himself the soul of honor, he included many rascals among his intimates.
  4. (used as the object of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb): The old car had room only for himself and three others.
  5. (used in comparisons after as or than): His wife is as stingy as himself.
  6. his normal or customary self: He is himself again.
  7. Irish English. a man of importance, especially the master of the house: Himself will be wanting an early dinner.
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Origin of himself

before 900; Middle English him selven, Old English him selfum, dative singular of hē self he himself; see him, self

Usage note

See myself.
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  • "In all Geta's troubles, he thinks more of you than he does of himself," said she.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "And that would be all the same as telling Alcibiades himself," rejoined Milza.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "That's a pretty good afternoon's work," he said to himself.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • "I am sure some of the old man's money is here," he said to himself.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • I want him to think he ain't got a friend on earth but himself.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for himself


    1. the reflexive form of he or him
    2. (intensifier)the king himself waved to me
  1. (preceded by a copula) his normal or usual selfhe seems himself once more
  2. Irish and Scot the man of the househow is himself?
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Word Origin for himself

Old English him selfum, dative singular of hē self; see he 1, self
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Word Origin and History for himself


Old English him selfum, from him, dative/accusative personal pronoun, + self, here used as an inflected adjective.

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