- the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
- the woman: She who listens learns.
- anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine: spring, with all the memories she conjures up.
- a female person or animal.
- an object or device considered as female or feminine.
Origin of she
- contraction of she is.
- contraction of she has.
Examples from the Web for shes
She belongs to the family of dragon-flies and shes the loveliest lady of all.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
And it's the same with freights; that's why they call 'em 'shes'.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
The only bairn we ever had; our wee Mysie, and shes in the Kingdom, forty years and mair.Spare Hours
Ive told Peggy about a girl in France and she wants to know what shes like.The Rough Road
William John Locke
But if shes his sweetheart, she knows more of that than the rest of the world.
- refers to a female person or animalshe is a doctor; she's a fine mare
- refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
- Australian and NZ an informal word for it 1 (def. 3) she's apples; she'll be right
- a female person or animal
- (in combination)she-cat
- she is or she has
Word Origin and History for shes
mid-12c., probably evolving from Old English seo, sio (accusative sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se "the," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (see the). The Old English word for "she" was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he "he," which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun (cf. similar development in Dutch zij, German sie, Greek he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the Old English pronoun is in Manchester-area dialectal oo "she." As a noun meaning "a female," she is attested from 1530s.