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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