hir +‎ self, following pattern of herself, himself, and itself


  • enPR: hērˈself, IPA(key): /hiɹˈsɛlf/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlf
  • Hyphenation: hir‧self


hirself (a reflexive, third person singular, gender-neutral (or multigendered) personal pronoun)

  1. (reflexive) Hir, themself; Gender-neutral third-person singular object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject, coordinate with gendered himself and herself.
    • 1996 June, Sullivan, Catilin, Nearly Roadkill: an Infobahn erotic adventure[1], New York: Serpent's Tail, →ISBN, LCCN 95072971, OL 820831M, LCC PS3569.U3449 N43 1996, page 13:
      It is here that Scratch has found hirself, bored out of hir mind but unable to sleep.
    • 2000, David, Peter, Renaissance (Star Trek New Frontier: Excalibur #2), Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, OL 3665551M, page 229:
      Hir nostrils flared, and s/he stopped where s/he was, balancing hirself on hir toes without thought, as if poising hirself to make some sort of attack on whoever was there.
    • 2001 June 9, Leary, Timothy, chapter 8, in Your Brain is God[2], Oakland: Ronin Publishing, →ISBN, LCCN 2001118555, LCC BP570.L43 2001:
      The working person discovered that hir own body belonged, not to the state or to the moralist or to the authoritarian doctor, but to hirself.
    • 2009, Pope Gus Rasputin Nishnabotna Sni-A-Bar, “Biscuitus”, in The Nuclear Platypus Biscuit Bible: A Spiritual Guide for the Disciples of Biscuitism, →ISBN, LCCN 2008900551, page 16:
      Alas, S/He then remembered S/He had created Hirself to be omnisciently all-knowing and all-seeing, so there were no possibilities S/He didn't already know.
    • 2010 October 12, Lopez, Erica, The Girl Must Die: A Monster Girl Memoir, Hicken, Jeffrey, San Francisco: Monster Girl Media, →ISBN, LCCN 21010902427, page 143:
      Ze changed hir name to one of those New Testament names, and re-fashioned hirself into a soft, puffy, half-finished hermaphrodite nicknamed, The Pop n' Fresh Doe.
    • 2011, Norton, Jody, “Transchildren and the Discipline of Children's Literature”, in Kidd, Kenneth B.; Abate, Michelle Ann, editors, Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adult Literature, University of Michigan, →ISBN, LCC PS374.H63 O84 2011, page 306:
      A harrowing series of violent and transphobic confrontations (including some with hir parents) drives Ludo to attempt to kill hirself by going to sleep in a freezer.
  2. (emphatic) Sie; an intensive repetition of a gender-neutral subject, often used to indicate exclusiveness of that person as the only satisfier of a predicate.
    • 1997 December 18, Bornstein, Kate, My Gender Workbook: How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely[3], London, New York: Routledge, →ISBN, LCCN 98134184, OL 7495768M, LCC HQ1075.B69 1998, page 164:
      The trouble starts when gender (identity) ceases to be a reference point for connecting with a living growing person and is substituted for the person hirself.
    • 2002, Schaap, Frank, The Words That Took Us There: Ethnography in a Virtual Reality, Amsterdam: Aksant Academic Publishers, →ISBN, OL 17062341M, page 90:
      OOC talk and actions are taken to represent the player hirself and help other players to form an image, however tentative it may be, of that player.
    • 2003 April 1, Wright, Susan, Slave Trade (Slave Trade Trilogy #1), Pocket Books, →ISBN, OL 3283799M, page 97:
      Ash hadn't experienced much of that hirself, but s/he assumed it could happen.



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