herself


her·self

pronoun \(h)ər-ˈself, Southern also -ˈsef\

: that same woman, girl, or female animal:

—used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned

—used for emphasis to refer again to a woman, girl, or female animal that has already been mentioned

Full Definition of HERSELF

1
:  that identical female one —used reflexively, for emphasis, in absolute constructions, and in place of her especially when joined to another object <she considers herself lucky> <she herself did it> <herself an orphan, she understood the situation> <accepted the award for her colleagues and herself> — compare 1she
2
:  her normal, healthy, or sane condition or self
3
chiefly Irish & Scottish :  a woman of consequence; especially :  the mistress of the house

Examples of HERSELF

  1. She was herself again after a good night's sleep.
  2. She's not herself today; something's bothering her.

First Known Use of HERSELF

before 12th century

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