[ wuhn-self, wuhnz- ]
See synonyms for oneself on
  1. a person's self (used for emphasis or reflexively): One often hurts oneself accidentally.

Idioms about oneself

  1. be oneself,

    • to be in one's normal state of mind or physical condition.

    • to be unaffected and sincere: One makes more friends by being oneself than by putting on airs.

  2. by oneself,

    • without a companion; alone.

    • through one's own efforts; unaided: to become a millionaire by oneself.

  1. come to oneself, : Also come to one's self .

    • Also come to. to regain consciousness.

    • to regain one's self-possession; come to one's senses.

Origin of oneself

First recorded in 1540–50; shortened form of one's self
  • Also Archaic, one's self .

Words Nearby oneself Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use oneself in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for oneself


/ (wʌnˈsɛlf) /

  1. (preceded by a copula) one's normal or usual self: one doesn't feel oneself after such an experience

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Other Idioms and Phrases with oneself


see avail (oneself) of; be oneself; beside oneself; burn (oneself) out; by oneself; cover one's ass (oneself); crank (oneself) up; do oneself in; excuse me (oneself); exert oneself; explain oneself; express oneself; fall all over (oneself); feel like oneself; find oneself; flatter oneself; fling oneself at; forget oneself; full of oneself; get a grip on (oneself); give a good account of oneself; give of oneself; give (oneself) away; give oneself up; have oneself; hear oneself think; help oneself; keep to oneself; kick oneself; knock oneself out; law unto oneself; lay (oneself) open; leave (oneself) open; let (oneself) go; live with (oneself); lose oneself in; make a laughingstock of oneself; make a name for oneself; make an exhibition of oneself; make a nuisance of oneself; make a pig of oneself; make oneself at home; make oneself scarce; not oneself; paint oneself into a corner; plume oneself; pride oneself on; pull oneself together; pull oneself up; put oneself out; relieve oneself; repeat oneself; shift for oneself; shoot oneself in the foot; spread oneself too thin; suit oneself; sure of oneself; take it upon oneself; throw oneself at; tie oneself in knots; trouble one's head (oneself) about.

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