himself


him·self

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

1
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>
2
:  his normal, healthy, or sane condition or self <hasn't been himself lately>
3
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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Himyarite (noun)
Previous Word in the Dictionary: himp
All Words Near: himself

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up himself? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More