[ thuh m-self, th em- ]
/ ðəmˈsɛlf, ˌðɛm- /

pronoun Nonstandard.

themselves:The kids began laughing at themself. Everyone who got the right answer can congratulate themself.The teacher introduced themself to the class.

Nearby words

  1. theme park,
  2. theme song,
  3. themed,
  4. themis,
  5. themistocles,
  6. themselves,
  7. then,
  8. then again,
  9. then and there,
  10. thenaldine

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

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