- Myself is how you talk about yourself when speaking or writing.
An example of myself is how a child talks about their successes. (I did it myself!)
- Myself means your happy and healthy state.
An example of myself is when you have been sick, but finally feel well again. (I feel like myself again.)
Origin: Middle English meself from Old English me sylf: see me and amp; self
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- That one identical with me.a. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: I bought myself a new car.b. Used for emphasis: I myself was certain of the facts.c. Used in an absolute construction: In office myself, I helped her get a job.
- My normal or healthy condition or state: I'm feeling myself again.
Origin: Middle English mi-self, from Old English mē selfum, mē selfne : mē, me; see me-1 in Indo-European roots + selfum, selfne, dative and accusative of self, self; see self.Usage Note: The -self pronouns, such as myself, yourselves, and herself, are sometimes used as emphatic substitutes for personal pronouns, as in Like yourself, I have no apologies to make. The practice is particularly common in compound phrases: Ms. Evans or yourself will have to pick them up at the airport. Although these usages have been common in the writing of reputable authors for several centuries, they may sound overwrought. A large majority of the Usage Panel disapproves of the use of -self pronouns when they do not refer to the subject of the sentence. Seventy-three percent reject the sentence He was an enthusiastic fisherman like myself. Sixty-seven percent object to The letters were written entirely by myself. The Panel is even less tolerant of compound usages. Eighty-eight percent find this sentence unacceptable: The boss asked John and myself to give a brief presentation.