[th air-self]

pronoun Nonstandard.

Also their·selves [th air-selvz] /ˌðɛərˈsɛlvz/.

Origin of theirself

1250–1300; Middle English; formed on analogy of myself Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for theirselves

Historical Examples of theirselves

  • An' I didn't tell anyone else about it; an' if they found it out for theirselves, I was angry.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • "I canna see what they want drownin' theirselves for," said Morel.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

  • Just like an awful great pair of trousers walking by theirselves!

    Trapped by Malays

    George Manville Fenn

  • The fact that many persons actually say hisself and theirselves.

  • But that is the way with all of them men, thinking so much of theirselves, and that it's but ask and have.


    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Word Origin and History for theirselves


c.1300, variant of themself, with self, originally an inflected adjective, treated as a noun with a meaning "person." Related: Theirselves.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper