1

them

pronoun \ (t͟h)əm , ˈt͟hem , after p , b , v , f also ᵊm \

Definition of them

1 :they 1 used as object of a verb or preposition
  • took them back
  • gave it to them
2 :those used especially as antecedent to a relative pronoun
  • the best of them that speak this speech
  • —William Shakespeare
used as the subject of a verb chiefly in nonstandard speech and for humorous effect
  • them is fighting words
  • objective case of they

First Known Use of them

before 12th century


2

them

adjective \ ˈt͟hem \

Definition of them

nonstandard
:those used chiefly in nonstandard speech and for humorous effect

First Known Use of them

1594



THEM Defined for English Language Learners

them

pronoun

Definition of them for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to certain people, animals, or things as the objects of a verb or preposition

  • : him or her

  • : those


THEM Defined for Kids

them

pronoun \ t͟həm , ˈt͟hem \

Definition of them for Students

  • objective case of they


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to buzz or drone

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!