Definition for ourselves (2 of 2)
pronoun, plural our·selves [ahr-selvz, ouuh r-, ou-er-] /ɑrˈsɛlvz, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-/.
Origin of myself
Myself occurs only rarely as a single subject in place of I: Myself was the one who called. The recorded instances of such use are mainly poetic or literary. It is also uncommon as a simple object in place of me : Since the letter was addressed to myself, I opened it. As part of a compound subject, object, or complement, myself and to a lesser extent the other -self forms are common in informal speech and personal writing, somewhat less common in more formal speech and writing: The manager and myself completed the arrangements. Many came to welcome my husband and myself back to Washington.
Myself and other -self forms are also used, alone or with other nouns or pronouns, in constructions after as, than, or but in all varieties of speech and writing: The captain has far more experience than myself in such matters. Orders have arrived for everyone but the orderlies and yourself.
There is ample precedent, going as far back as Chaucer and running through the whole range of British and American literature and other serious formal writing, for all these uses. Many usage guides, however, state that to use myself in any construction in which I or me could be used instead (as My daughter and myself play the flute instead of My daughter and I, or a gift for my husband and myself instead of for my husband and me ) is characteristic only of informal speech and that such use ought not to occur in writing. See also me.
Examples from the Web for ourselves
We did ThunderAnt stuff for ourselves and just put it online, and then it blossomed into something else.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But we are afraid and we wonder to ourselves who will be next.
Expectations, reasonable or unrealistic, remain so even if we impose them on ourselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement|Tim Teeman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cheat, in other words—on God, on our fellow man, ultimately, on ourselves.
It turns out that was really a wish to be a better version of ourselves.
Morse was a faithful teacher and took as much interest in our progress as—more indeed than—we did ourselves.The Age of Invention|Holland Thompson
We were just about drowned and stunned, and when we came to ourselves it was because the storm had passed over.Bunyip Land|George Manville Fenn
We agreed to say nothing about her, for we were ashamed of ourselves.Poor Jack|Frederick Marryat
"Well, we have done the best we can for ourselves," he said.The Yellow Crayon|E. Phillips Oppenheim
I may truly say lose, reserving nothing to ourselves that was either his or mine.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
British Dictionary definitions for ourselves (1 of 2)
- the reflexive form of we or us
- (intensifier)we ourselves will finish it
British Dictionary definitions for ourselves (2 of 2)
- the reflexive form of I or me
- (intensifier)I myself know of no answer
Word Origin and History for ourselves
c.1500, alteration of meself, from Old English phrase (ic) me self, where me is "a kind of ethical dative" [OED], altered in Middle Ages from meself on analogy of herself, with her- felt as genitive; though analogous hisself remains bad form.