See also: Herself
- Herself (honorific)
From Middle English. Equivalent to her + -self.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɜːˈsɛlf/, /əsɛlf/
- (General American) IPA(key): /hɝˈsɛlf/, /ɚsɛlf/
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- Rhymes: -ɛlf
- Hyphenation: her‧self
herself (the third person singular, feminine, personal pronoun, the reflexive form of she, masculine himself, neuter itself, plural themselves)
- (reflexive) Her; the female object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XVII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.
- She injured herself.
- (emphatic) She; an intensive repetition of the female subject, often used to indicate the exclusiveness of that person as the only satisfier of the predicate.
- She was injured herself.
- (Ireland) The subject or non-reflexive object of a predicate; she (used of upper-class ladies, or sarcastically, of women who imagine themselves to be more important than others)
- What's herself up to this time?
- Have you seen herself yet this morning?
(reflexive object) her
(as intensifier) she
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English personal pronouns