Definition of him in English:

him

pronoun

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

    ‘his wife survived him’
    Compare with he
    ‘he took the children with him’
    • ‘I mention to him that in real life, he often says something and then apologises for it.’
    • ‘I could talk to him more easily than I could talk to dad, who was very much up on a pedestal.’
    • ‘Flying in very high altitudes does weird things to him and can easily lead to an MS relapse.’
    • ‘Police have since been able to identify him, but have not yet released his name.’
    • ‘It was typical of him not to mention that his daughter, the lovely Candida, was engaged to one.’
    • ‘I remember my grandmother talking about him and mentioning the spelling was wrong.’
    • ‘Gosh, he must have been angry when the original programmes barely mentioned him.’
    • ‘Nobody has mentioned him but he's playing well enough to figure and we know he loves it round Augusta.’
    • ‘I have heard him mention his son several times in interviews, but not his daughter.’
    • ‘After you do this you can probably convince him more easily that he must consider others.’
    • ‘The last five minutes have seen him easily the most animated he's been all day.’
    • ‘George Ryan's work on the death penalty has brought him mention as a contender for the peace prize.’
    • ‘He was very grateful for the meals that had previously been provided for him.’
    • ‘My friend recently mentioned charging him some rent, plus his share of the bills.’
    • ‘Allegations made against him previously in Lothian and Borders would have shown up.’
    • ‘Berg himself is so above it all that even his wife refers to him, at least to the press, only by an honorific.’
    • ‘Aberdeen are still on the trail of the culprit and the club has made an appeal for supporters to identify him.’
    • ‘I asked him why and he mentioned that her car hadn't been at her place for a few nights.’
    • ‘I'm too scared even to mention this to him, for he is sure to say it is impossible.’
    • ‘So why go out of your way as an opposition leader to identify yourself with him.’
    1. 1.1 Referring to a person or animal of unspecified sex:
      ‘withdrawing your child from school to educate him at home may seem drastic’
      • ‘I don't know who the new Tory leader will be but education will figure highly with him.’
      • ‘It could even be educational: give it to a child and watch him grow up to be the next John Bonham.’
    2. 1.2 Used after the verb ‘to be’ and after ‘than’ or ‘as’:
      ‘that's him all right’
      ‘I could never be as good as him’
      • ‘Suddenly Ammu hoped that it had been him that Rahel saw in the march.’
      • ‘I'll try to be faster than him, of course, but I don't even know him yet.’
    3. 1.3West Indian He:
      ‘him was a tall, bow-legged man’
  • 2North American dialect, archaic Himself:

    ‘in the depths of him, he too didn't want to go’

Usage

Why do people tell us that it is wrong to say I could never be as good as him (rather than I could never be as good as he)? If they are right, why does he in this context sound so odd? For a discussion of this issue, see personal pronoun

Origin

Old English, dative singular form of he, hē ‘he’ and hit ‘it’.

Pronunciation:

him

/hɪm/

Definition of HIM in English:

HIM

British
  • Her or His Imperial Majesty.

Pronunciation:

HIM

/hɪm/