s/he

[ shee-er-hee, shee-hee ]
/ ˈʃi ərˈhi, ˈʃiˈhi /

pronoun

she or he: used as an orthographic device to avoid he when the sex of the antecedent is unknown or irrelevant.

Nearby words

  1. s.w.a.k.,
  2. s.w.a.t.,
  3. s.w.g.,
  4. s/a,
  5. s/d,
  6. s/l,
  7. s/s,
  8. s/w,
  9. sa,
  10. saa

Compare she/he.

Usage note

See he1.

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


Word Origin and History for s/he

s/he

pron.

artificial genderless pronoun, attested from 1977; from he + she.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper