Definition of her in English:

her

pronoun

  • 1Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a female person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

    ‘she knew I hated her’
    ‘I told Hannah I would wait for her’
    • ‘It made her the youngest female solo artist to debut at number one in the British charts.’
    • ‘Does this mean that he will know Judy to be Judy when he correctly identifies her?’
    • ‘He could just as easily write the letters to her if the issue was one of communication.’
    • ‘In bed, he shrugs off her goodnight kiss and lies there waiting for her to ask him what's wrong.’
    • ‘She denied any further and more serious impropriety when it was easily open for her to do so.’
    • ‘Perhaps he went on and on to her about a previous girlfriend and she decided enough was enough!’
    • ‘We don't hate Roxie for her ambition, merely pity her for the hard lessons that she is forced to learn.’
    • ‘No one had mentioned to her that the boy had been badly burned and was in great pain.’
    • ‘She is waiting for the Indian embassy to issue her a new passport so that she can fly back home.’
    • ‘The memory of the boys reminded him he could not keep his identity from her for long.’
    • ‘Tina would bike to her mother's work at the end of the day and wait for her to finish.’
    • ‘Megan is coming for a visit at the weekend so I will mention it to her to have a look at the provisions.’
    • ‘So, all I had to do was look out for the lady who picked up her phone to identify her.’
    • ‘As an adult she's learnt to say no to herself, but it hasn't come easily to her.’
    • ‘We decided at this time not to mention anything to her about possible cancer.’
    • ‘He may well also have mentioned smoking to her but this did not make any particular impression.’
    • ‘I did not see her as one to wait tables at a restaurant or tend to customers in retail.’
    • ‘The animal promptly followed her into the road and a car had to brake suddenly to avoid it.’
    • ‘Perhaps you might entice a friend to some along with you and mention this to him or her.’
    1. 1.1 Referring to a ship, country, or other inanimate thing regarded as female:
      ‘the crew tried to sail her through a narrow gap’
      • ‘A large helm is still in place on the aft deck, giving her the appearance of a much older ship.’
      • ‘So, as usual we wish good speed to The Highfield Mole and all who sail in her.’
      • ‘It must be a navy big enough to defend her against the combined efforts of Russia and France.’
      • ‘The American ship put up such resistance that Stier, after sinking her, went down too.’
      • ‘It was another bad week for the insurance world and all who sail in her in Scotland.’
      • ‘A few of our group made a night dive on her for lobsters but I decided to wait and dive her at dawn.’
      • ‘During the night the Leda was torpedoed and, regrettably, no ship was sent to assist her.’
    2. 1.2 Used after the verb ‘to be’ and after ‘than’ or ‘as’:
      ‘it must be her’
      See her
      ‘he was younger than her’
      • ‘I know it's her, because she has one shoe heel missing and you can hear it when she walks.’
      • ‘‘We don't know it's her,’ muttered Ross sulkily.’
      • ‘I know I can sing better than a screaming psychopath with messed up hair - OK, I didn't mean to be that harsh, but I know I can sing better than her.’
      • ‘If I train really hard can I be as fast as her next year?’
      • ‘But she needn't think I'm not as good as her for all that!’
    3. 1.3West Indian She:
      ‘she will get all her wants’
  • 2North American dialect, archaic Herself:

    ‘peevishly she flung her on her face’

possessive determiner

  • 1Belonging to or associated with a female person or animal previously mentioned or easily identified:

    ‘Patricia loved her job’
    • ‘The girl's mother had to listen to the tape to identify the voice of her daughter.’
    • ‘Be it intentional or not, it should also be noted that her name is rarely mentioned.’
    • ‘The person seeking deliverance must exercise his or her will in such circumstances.’
    • ‘She was as large and powerful as the animal from which her blanket was made.’
    • ‘By expressing a love for pink, a girl is affirming her identity as a female creature.’
    • ‘The only regret she mentions is that her father is not around to receive a signed copy.’
    • ‘Antenatal care aims to monitor and promote the wellbeing of a mother and her developing baby.’
    • ‘Thank God that her love of meat flavoured treats is greater than her love of chasing chucks.’
    • ‘He says that he found her in Israel, and he identifies her and publishes her photograph in the book.’
    • ‘If it is not properly controlled, it can lead to problems for the mother or her baby.’
    • ‘Until a few years ago my own sister was a primary school teacher who loved her job.’
    • ‘They mentioned mechanical problems with her car and included details about friends.’
    • ‘She has asked not to be identified but is in her nineties and lives in East Yorkshire.’
    • ‘On Friday police said they would not identify her until her next of kin had been informed.’
    • ‘She loved her own company, loved her animals and would do anything for anybody.’
    • ‘She also loved animals but her joy was always in her garden as she loved flowers and plants.’
    • ‘Her mother still holds down her job and has taken up t'ai chi to get involved in sporty things again.’
    • ‘Let us just deal with some of the things that Helen Clark forgot to mention in her speech.’
    • ‘She can never walk into York without being stopped by one of her mothers or babies now grown up.’
    • ‘She also mentions her own personal reaction to the resignation, which is worth quoting.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging to or associated with a ship, country, or other inanimate thing regarded as female:
      ‘at her launch, she was the ultimate in luxury transatlantic travel’
      • ‘Captain Lowe immediately put his ship about, felt her come free and then headed out to sea.’
      • ‘The Island-class vessel has won the Jersey Cup, awarded every year to a ship of her type.’
      • ‘It shows the ship lying forlornly on her starboard side, almost completely capsized.’
      • ‘On the second tow, Rasa had a good launch but her canopy was slightly off to the left.’
      • ‘Usually lunch is back on board as the ship makes her stately progress to the next port.’
      • ‘A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.’
  • 2Used in titles:

    ‘Her Majesty’
    • ‘Our claim has been made to Her Majesty, the Crown, not the Government of Queensland.’
    • ‘Imagine having to stoop to that level - particularly after being ignored by Her Majesty for years.’
    • ‘After all, with due deference to Her Majesty, it was suddenly beginning to look a little indelicate.’
    • ‘No response was sought by Mr Burrell from the Queen and Her Majesty made no comment.’
    • ‘If his recent spell as a guest of Her Majesty has not taught the talented youngster a lesson, that thought surely will.’
    • ‘To suggest that it was an alternative to the Queen's Christmas message is frankly insulting to Her Majesty.’
    • ‘First, let me assure you that Her Royal Highness is of sound mind, body and spirit!’
    • ‘In an act of petty vindictiveness she was deprived of the title of Her Royal Highness.’
    • ‘It was the mid eighties, and how could I possibly fail to have a haircut called after Her Royal Loveliness?’
    • ‘I'm willing to go along with the idea that maybe it might be nice to welcome Her Majesty to one of her Realms.’
    • ‘I am deeply sorry for this news that Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret is dead.’
    • ‘Sir Paul McCartney told the crowds he had asked Her Majesty if they would all be back for another concert next year.’
    • ‘The Kray twins and their brother Charlie eventually ended as guests of Her Majesty in Parkhurst prison.’
    • ‘Trust chairman Jane Gummer will welcome Her Royal Highness and give her a tour of the charity's boats.’
    • ‘However I do think that it is time that we were moving on and I also think that is the view of Her Majesty.’
    • ‘Public bemusement with modern art is shared by Her Majesty, a new book has revealed.’
    • ‘The genuine warmth and affection in which large numbers of the British people hold Her Majesty is clear to see.’
    • ‘I have spent two nights as a guest of Her Majesty, and eaten some truly terrible food.’
    • ‘The two were separated as guests lined up to meet Her Majesty and Mary was at the front as she walked by.’
    • ‘In 1957, I was back in Jamaica serving Her Majesty as a conscript in her armed forces there.’

Usage

Is it incorrect to say I am older than her (rather than I am older than she) or it's her all right (rather than it's she all right) and, if so, why? For a discussion of this issue, see personal pronoun

Phrases

  • her indoors

    • informal, humorous One's wife:

      ‘I was taking her indoors out for a day at the zoo’
      • ‘It would be a brilliant way of getting away from her indoors.’
      • ‘Anyway, back from the pub and out for a quick meal with her indoors and that concludes the heady celebrations.’
      • ‘Needing a quick drink after our shocking experience, we repaired to Garavan's and discoursed sapiently before the Merc had to get home to her indoors with the rolling pin.’
      • ‘Announce that you are going on holiday or on an even longer break without him or her indoors and you may as well be signing your divorce papers.’
      • ‘I'm bound to want it but it's justifying it to her indoors that is the difficult bit.’
      girlfriend, girl, sweetheart, partner, significant other, inamorata, fiancée
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Origin

Old English hire, genitive and dative of hīo, hēo ‘she’.

Pronunciation:

her

/həː/