Definition of himself
1a : 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 1heb —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 Ireland and Scotland : a man of consequence; especially : the master of the house
Examples of himself in a sentence
After a good night's sleep, he felt like himself again.
He's not himself today; something must be bothering him.
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of himself
before 12th century
HIMSELF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of himself for English Language Learners
: 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
HIMSELF Defined for Kids
Definition of himself for Students
: his own self He hurt himself. He himself did it.
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