Origin of hisMiddle English from OE, genitive masculine and neuter of he
Zachary drank all of his milk.
- The definition of his is belonging to or done by him.
An example of his used as an adjective is in the phrase "His Royal Majesty," which means that he is the Royal Majesty.
- His is defined as the possessive form of he.
An example of the use of his as a pronoun is in the following sentence, "Ken loves to read; The Scarlet Letter is his favorite novel," which means that The Scarlet Letter is Ken's favorite novel.
adjectiveThe possessive form of he1
pron.used with a sing. or pl. verb
Origin of hisMiddle English from Old English; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- Belonging to him. [from 8th c.]
- 1611, Matthew 5:13, King James Version:
- Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
- (archaic) Used as a genitive marker in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in sg, to express the possessive case. [from 11th c.]
- Ahab his mark for Ahab's mark.
- When followed by a noun, it is sometimes referred to as a possessive adjective, qualifying the following noun. It is, however, the possessive case of the personal pronoun he.
From Middle English, from Old English his (“his, its”), from Proto-Germanic *hes (“of this”), genitive of *hiz (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this”). Cognate with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic hans (“his”). More at he.
- Belonging to God.
- The little man gave a bow to the silent throng that had watched him, and then the Prince said, in his cold, calm voice:
- Then a little man jumped out of the basket, took off his tall hat, and bowed very gracefully to the crowd of Mangaboos around him.
- Nurturing was in his personality.
- As they continued toward the house, he cleared his throat.
- Alex gently turned her around and took her into his arms.