noun, plural selves.
- the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
- the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
pronoun, plural selves.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of self
Examples from the Web for selfs
Historical Examples of selfs
For is not death also a bugbear of Other People, not at all of my own Selfs making?The Joys of Being a Woman
The selfs or solid colors must have every hair of the same color.The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs
A. C. Smith
I was heavy in spirit, my conscience accused me of a wrong to one of the “selfs” in me,—for we have several selfs, I think.Unveiling a Parallel
Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
Us ladies is musin our selfs er makin dis ole fing farly howl.The Broken Sword
Dey cum back ter de big house en take all de sweet milk in de dairy house, en help 'emselfs ter evvy thing in de smoke houses.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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noun plural selves (sɛlvz)
Word Origin for self
Old English self, seolf, sylf "one's own person, -self; own, same," from Proto-Germanic *selbaz (cf. Old Norse sjalfr, Old Frisian self, Dutch zelf, Old High German selb, German selb, selbst, Gothic silba), Proto-Germanic *selbaz "self," from PIE *sel-bho-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker's social group, "(we our-)selves" (see idiom).
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. [Alan Watts]
Its use in compounds to form reflective pronouns grew out of independent use in Old English. As a noun from early 14c.