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[thuh m-self, th em-]
pronoun Nonstandard.
  1. themselves:The kids began laughing at themself. Everyone who got the right answer can congratulate themself.The teacher introduced themself to the class.
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Origin of themself

Usage note

Themself has a long history of use in English and more recently has been adopted as the reflexive pronoun referring back to a singular gender-neutral antecedent, similar to the use of singular they . However, the pronoun themself is not considered to be standard English. A more acceptable alternative is the plural pronoun themselves , though its use with a singular antecedent is rejected as ungrammatical by some people. See also they.
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Historical Examples of themself

  • Of my success, the reader of the following pages will be able to judge for themself.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)


  • And when mass was done the king and the queen opened the letters privily by themself.

  • I'm not one o' these kind o' people that'd keep a joke to themself just because the joke was on them.