himself

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

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 Ireland and Scotland : 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.

First Known Use of himself

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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HIMSELF Defined for English Language Learners

himself

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

himself

pronoun him·self \ him-ˈself , im- \

Definition of himself for Students

: his own self
  • He hurt himself.
  • He himself did it.


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