a form of he, used:
- as an intensifier: he said so himself
- as a reflexive: he hurt himself
- with the meaning “his real, true, or normal self” [he is not himself today]: in this construction him functions as an adjective and self as a noun; when they are separated, the form his is used [his own sweet self]
- Irish as a subject: used esp. of someone of some importance, often sarcastically: himself will have his tea now
Origin of himselfOld English him selfum, dative singular of he self: see him and self
- That one identical with him:a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition: He congratulated himself.b. Used for emphasis: He himself found the courage.c. Used in an absolute construction: In the black himself, he could offer financial assistance to his cousin.
- His normal or healthy condition or state: He's feeling himself again. See Usage Note at myself.
Origin of himselfMiddle English from Old English himselfum him him ; see him . selfum dative of self self ; see self .