Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

himself

play
pronoun him·self \(h)im-ˈself, Southern also -ˈsef\

Simple Definition of himself

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of himself

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

  3. 3 chiefly Irish & Scottish :  a man of consequence; especially :  the master of the house

Examples of himself in a sentence

  1. After a good night's sleep, he felt like himself again.

  2. He's not himself today; something must be bothering him.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of himself

before 12th century



HIMSELF Defined for Kids

himself

play
pronoun him·self \him-ˈself, im-\

Definition of himself for Students

  1. :  his own self <He hurt himself.> <He himself did it.>




Learn More about himself


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a jerking and twitching of the body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

brumal vernal estival hiemal
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ