themself

pronoun

them·​self t͟həm-ˈself How to pronounce themself (audio)
t͟hem-
nonstandard
: themselves
now used chiefly in place of "himself or herself" as a gender-neutral reflexive form of they when the reference is to a single person (as in "each person can decide for themself")

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of themself was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Themself.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/themself. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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