• synonyms


[ him-self; medially often im-self ]
/ hɪmˈsɛlf; medially often ɪmˈsɛlf /



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Nearby words

himes, himi, himmler, himmler, heinrich, hims, himself, himyarite, himyaritic, hin, hinahina, hinau

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for himself

British Dictionary definitions for himself


/ (hɪmˈsɛlf, medially often ɪmˈsɛlf) /


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

Word Origin for himself

Old English him selfum, dative singular of hē self; see he 1, self
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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