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

: that same man, boy, or male animal:

—used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a man, boy, or male animal that has already been mentioned

—used for emphasis to refer again to a man, boy, or male animal that has already been mentioned

Full Definition of HIMSELF

a :  that identical male one —used reflexively, for emphasis, in absolute constructions, and in place of him especially when joined to another object <he considers himself lucky> <he himself did it> <himself unhappy, he understood the situation> <a gift to his wife and himself> — compare 1he
b —used reflexively when the sex of the antecedent is unspecified <everyone must fend for himself>
:  his normal, healthy, or sane condition or self <hasn't been himself lately>
chiefly Irish & Scottish :  a man of consequence; especially :  the master of the house

Examples of HIMSELF

  1. After a good night's sleep, he felt like himself again.
  2. He's not himself today; something must be bothering him.

First Known Use of HIMSELF

before 12th century


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