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’
    Compare with she
    ‘I told Hannah I would wait for her’
    • ‘No one had mentioned to her that the boy had been badly burned and was in great pain.’
    • ‘Megan is coming for a visit at the weekend so I will mention it to her to have a look at the provisions.’
    • ‘We decided at this time not to mention anything to her about possible cancer.’
    • ‘Perhaps you might entice a friend to some along with you and mention this to him or her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It made her the youngest female solo artist to debut at number one in the British charts.’
    • ‘So, all I had to do was look out for the lady who picked up her phone to identify her.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘He could just as easily write the letters to her if the issue was one of communication.’
    • ‘Does this mean that he will know Judy to be Judy when he correctly identifies her?’
    • ‘Tina would bike to her mother's work at the end of the day and wait for her to finish.’
    • ‘In bed, he shrugs off her goodnight kiss and lies there waiting for her to ask him what's wrong.’
    • ‘As an adult she's learnt to say no to herself, but it hasn't come easily to her.’
    • ‘We don't hate Roxie for her ambition, merely pity her for the hard lessons that she is forced to learn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He may well also have mentioned smoking to her but this did not make any particular impression.’
    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’
      • ‘During the night the Leda was torpedoed and, regrettably, no ship was sent to assist her.’
      • ‘The American ship put up such resistance that Stier, after sinking her, went down too.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A few of our group made a night dive on her for lobsters but I decided to wait and dive her at dawn.’
      • ‘It must be a navy big enough to defend her against the combined efforts of Russia and France.’
      • ‘It was another bad week for the insurance world and all who sail in her in Scotland.’
    2. 1.2 Often used in place of “she” after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as” to refer to a female person or animal.
      ‘it must be her’
      ‘he was younger than her’
      • ‘But she needn't think I'm not as good as her for all that!’
      • ‘‘We don't know it's her,’ muttered Ross sulkily.’
      • ‘If I train really hard can I be as fast as her next year?’
      • ‘I know it's her, because she has one shoe heel missing and you can hear it when she walks.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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’
    ‘how the mother crane treats her babies’
    • ‘The only regret she mentions is that her father is not around to receive a signed copy.’
    • ‘They mentioned mechanical problems with her car and included details about friends.’
    • ‘Antenatal care aims to monitor and promote the wellbeing of a mother and her developing baby.’
    • ‘She has asked not to be identified but is in her nineties and lives in East Yorkshire.’
    • ‘She loved her own company, loved her animals and would do anything for anybody.’
    • ‘The girl's mother had to listen to the tape to identify the voice of her daughter.’
    • ‘Until a few years ago my own sister was a primary school teacher who loved her job.’
    • ‘She was as large and powerful as the animal from which her blanket was made.’
    • ‘On Friday police said they would not identify her until her next of kin had been informed.’
    • ‘Thank God that her love of meat flavoured treats is greater than her love of chasing chucks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If it is not properly controlled, it can lead to problems for the mother or her baby.’
    • ‘Let us just deal with some of the things that Helen Clark forgot to mention in her speech.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By expressing a love for pink, a girl is affirming her identity as a female creature.’
    • ‘She also loved animals but her joy was always in her garden as she loved flowers and plants.’
    • ‘He says that he found her in Israel, and he identifies her and publishes her photograph in the book.’
    • ‘Her mother still holds down her job and has taken up t'ai chi to get involved in sporty things again.’
    1. 1.1 Belonging to or associated with a ship, country, or other inanimate thing regarded as female.
      • ‘Usually lunch is back on board as the ship makes her stately progress to the next port.’
      • ‘On the second tow, Rasa had a good launch but her canopy was slightly off to the left.’
      • ‘The Island-class vessel has won the Jersey Cup, awarded every year to a ship of her type.’
      • ‘A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.’
      • ‘Captain Lowe immediately put his ship about, felt her come free and then headed out to sea.’
      • ‘It shows the ship lying forlornly on her starboard side, almost completely capsized.’
  • 2Used in titles.

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

Usage

On whether her or she is the correct pronoun in a comparative construction (“younger than her” or “younger than she”?), see personal pronoun and than

Origin

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

Pronunciation

her

/hər//hər/