Definitions and meaning of him him
Middle English him, from Old English him, from Proto-Germanic *himmai ( “ to this, to this one ” ). Cognate with Saterland Frisian him ( “ him ” ), West Frisian him ( “ him ” ), Sylt North Frisian ham, höm ( “ him ” ), Dutch hem ( “ him ” ), German Low German hum, hüm, em ( “ him ” ), German ihm ( “ him ”, dative ).
( UK , US ) enPR: hĭm, IPA (key): /ˈhɪm/, unstressed IPA (key): /əm/, [ɪ̈m]
-ɪm Homophone: ,'em for unstressed in some pronunciations. hymn
him ( personal pronoun, objective case)
A masculine pronoun; he as a grammatical object.
With dative effect or as an indirect object.
[from 9th c.]
1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula:
‘I promise,’ he said as I gave him the papers. Following a preposition.
[from 9th c.]
1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
She was in no humour for conversation with anyone but himself; and to him she had hardly courage to speak. With accusative effect or as a direct object. [from 12th c.]
1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House:
‘He's got it buttoned in his breast. I saw him put it there.’
( now rare ) Used reflexively: (to) himself. [from 9th c.]
1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts XII:
Apon a daye apoynted, the kynge arayed hym in royall apparell, and set hym in his seate, and made an oracion unto them. 1765, Oliver Goldsmith, The traveller, or, A prospect of society
Though poor the peasant’s hut, his feasts though small,
He sees his little lot the lot of all;
But calm, and bred in ignorance and toil,
Each wish contracting, fits him to the soil. With nominative effect: he, especially as a predicate after
be, or following a preposition. [from 15th c.]
c. 1616, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, First Folio 1623, V.10:
Before my body, I throw my warlike Shield: Lay on Macduffe, And damn'd be him, that first cries hold, enough. 2003, Claire Cozens, The Guardian, 11 Jun 2003:
Lowe quit the West Wing last year amid rumours that he was unhappy that his co-stars earned more than him. Alternative letter-case form of Him
Descendants Jamaican Creole:
hem Pijin: -im
him ( plural hims)
( informal ) A male person or animal.
1985, Hélène Cixous, Sorties (translated)
[… ] daring dizzying passages in other, fleeting and passionate dwellings within the hims and hers whom she inhabits [… ]
2004, Tom Wolfe, I Am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel
Both hims took a good look at him.
References Luis Oramas, Materiales para el estudio de los dialectos Ayamán, Gayón, Jirajara, Ajagua (1916)
m h-prothesized form of im
third-person masculine singular, dative: him, to him
him e Kuch. I'm baking him a cake. third-person neuter singular, dative: her, to her; (rarely: it, to it)
Hie war gëschter mat
him am Kino. He went to the cinema with her yesterday.
Usage notes For the use of the neuter for referring to female persons, see hatt.
Old English him. Originally a dative form; gradually displaced accusative hine.
Alternative forms himm, hym, im, ym, hem, hime, hyme
him ( nominative he)
Third-person singular masculine pronoun indicating a grammatical object: him.
( reflexive ) himself.
Third-person singular neuter pronoun indicating a grammatical object: it. ( impersonal ) Third-person singular neuter pronoun indicating a grammatical object one, you.
References “him, pron.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 6 May 2018.
Alternative form of hem ( “ them ” )
( dialectal ) alternative form of heim
dative of : him hē
dative of : it hit dative of : them hīe
dative of ; him hī
See the etymology of the main entry.
oblique of ; him hie
References “him” in Saterfriesisches Wörterbuch
Further reading Sursurunga Organised Phonology Data (2011)
Old Frisian him, from Proto-Germanic *himmai.
(key): /hɪm/ ( unstressed ) IPA (key): /(ə)m/
object of hy Source: wiktionary.org
a pronoun representing a male person or thing. (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)