Him



[him] /hɪm/

pronoun
1.
the objective case of he, used as a direct or indirect object:
I’ll see him tomorrow. Give him the message.
2.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun he in the predicate after the verb to be):
It’s him. It isn’t him.
3.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun his before a gerund):
We were surprised by him wanting to leave.
noun
4.
Informal. a male:
Is the new baby a her or a him?
[hee; unstressed ee] /hi; unstressed i/
pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
1.
the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
2.
anyone (without reference to sex); that person:
He who hesitates is lost.
noun, plural hes.
3.
any male person or animal; a man:
hes and shes.
adjective
4.
male (usually used in combination):
a he-goat.
1.
His Imperial Majesty; Her Imperial Majesty.
/hɪm; unstressed ɪm/
pronoun (objective)
1.
refers to a male person or animal: they needed him, she baked him a cake, not him again!
2.
(mainly US) a dialect word for himself he ought to find him a wife
abbreviation
1.
His (or Her) Imperial Majesty
/hiː; unstressed iː/
pronoun (subjective)
1.
refers to a male person or animal: he looks interesting, he’s a fine stallion
2.
refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybody: everybody can do as he likes in this country
3.
refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sex: a member of the party may vote as he sees fit
noun
4.

5.

/heɪ; Hebrew he/
noun
1.
the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h
/hiː; heɪ/
interjection
1.
an expression of amusement or derision Also he-he!, hee-hee!
Chemical symbol
1.
helium
abbreviation
1.
high explosive
2.
His Eminence
3.
His (or Her) Excellency
pron.

Old English him, originally dative masculine and neuter of he; beginning 10c. it replaced hine as masculine accusative, a regional process completed by 15c. The dative roots of the -m ending are retained in German (ihm) and Dutch (hem). Hine persists, barely, as the southern England dialectal ‘un, ‘n for “him.”
pron.

Old English he (see paradigm of Old English third person pronoun below), from Proto-Germanic *hi- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch he, hi, Dutch hy, Old High German he), from PIE *ki-, variant of *ko-, the “this, here” (as opposed to “that, there”) root (cf. Hittite ki “this,” Greek ekeinos “that person,” Old Church Slavonic si, Lithuanian šis “this”), and thus the source of the third person pronouns in Old English. The feminine, hio, was replaced in early Middle English by forms from other stems (see she), while the h- wore off Old English neuter hit to make modern it. The Proto-Germanic root also is the source of the first element in German heute “today,” literally “the day” (cf. Old English heodæg).

case SINGULAR – – PLURAL
– masc. neut. fem. (all genders)
nom. he hit heo, hio hie, hi
acc. hine hit hie, hi hie, hi
gen. his his hire hira, heora
dat. him him hire him, heom

Pleonastic use with the noun (“Mistah Kurtz, he dead”) is attested from late Old English. With animal words, meaning “male” (he-goat, etc.) from c.1300.

He
The symbol for the element helium.
He
The symbol for helium.
Her (or His) Imperial Majesty
Hebrew
helium
1.
Her (or His) Excellency
2.
high explosive
3.
His (or Her) Eminence

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