1

them

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

Definition of them

  • objective case of they
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

First Known Use of them

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

2

them

adjective \ ˈt͟hem \

Definition of them

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

First Known Use of them

1594

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler


THEM Defined for English Language Learners

them

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

a downward inclination or slope

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a-pile-of-three-dimensional-shapes-in-green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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!