a form of she, used:
- as an intensifier: she said so herself
- as a reflexive: she hurt herself
- with the meaning “her real, true, or actual self” [she is not herself today]: in this construction her functions as an adjective and self as a noun, and they may be separated [her own sweet self]
- Irish as a subject: used esp. of someone of some importance, often sarcastically: herself will have her tea now
Origin of herselfMiddle English hire self from Old English hire selfum, dative singular of hie self: see her and self
- That one identical with her:a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: She bought herself a new car. She sculpted a likeness of herself.b. Used for emphasis: She herself was certain of the facts.c. Used in an absolute construction: In office herself, she helped him get a job.
- Her normal or healthy condition or state: She's feeling herself again.
Origin of herselfMiddle English hire self from Old English hire selfre dative of hēo self hēo she ; see she . self self ; see self .
(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.
- 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.
- (slang) A self-important female.
- What's herself up to this time?