Origin of herMiddle English hir, her, hire from Old English hire, dative singular of heo, she, feminine of he, he; it replaced the origin, originally Old English accusative , hie, in Middle English
- The definition of her is the possessive form of she.
An example of her used as an adjective is in the phrase, "Her Royal Highness," which means she is the Royal Highness.
- Her is defined as she or a female.
An example of her used in a sentence is, "Emma likes to go running, since that is her favorite hobby," which means that Emma likes to go running because that is Emma's favorite hobby.
adjectiveThe possessive form of she
pron.The objective case of she
- Used as the direct object of a verb: They saw her at the conference.
- Used as the indirect object of a verb: They gave her a round of applause.
- Used as the object of a preposition: This letter is addressed to her.
- Informal Used as a predicate nominative: It's her.
- Nonstandard Used reflexively as the indirect object of a verb: She got her a new job. me
- Slang Used in place of it, especially in set expressions: That about does her. Let her rip.
Origin of herMiddle English from Old English hire ; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- The form of she used after a preposition or as the object of a verb; that woman, that ship, etc.
- Give it to her (after preposition)
- He wrote her a letter (indirect object)
- He treated her for a cold (direct object)
- She shook her head.
- Even so, she had accepted it in her mind to a degree.
- I only know that I sat in my mother's lap or clung to her dress as she went about her household duties.
- The same evening that the prince gave his instructions to Alpatych, Dessalles, having asked to see Princess Mary, told her that, as the prince was not very well and was taking no steps to secure his safety, though from Prince Andrew's letter it was evident that to remain at Bald Hills might be dangerous, he respectfully advised her to send a letter by Alpatych to the Provincial Governor at Smolensk, asking him to let her know the state of affairs and the extent of the danger to which Bald Hills was exposed.
- The impulse gone, I fell down and cried for her to take me up in her arms.