Definition of himself in English:



  • 1[reflexive] Used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to a male person or animal previously mentioned as the subject of the clause.

    ‘the steward introduced himself as Pete’
    ‘he ought to be ashamed of himself’
    • ‘He was introducing himself to the town council as the new Chief Inspector for the area.’
    • ‘It would do him good to learn how to cook a few meals himself, but she enjoys catering for him, as she did for us.’
    • ‘The subject matter is Christ revealing himself to two of his disciples at a supper.’
    • ‘Is he daunted by the prospect of entering the nostalgic hearts of a new generation himself?’
    • ‘Caught up in his subject and unable to stop himself, he read us more excerpts from the book.’
    • ‘Yet again Brosnan has shown himself to be tougher than his male model looks suggest.’
    • ‘Darren blames himself for not telling his parents that Demi and Leo were running away.’
    • ‘When he came home by himself, Mum would have me looking out the window, watching for him.’
    • ‘Buddha referred to himself as a healer and his teachings as a course of treatment.’
    • ‘He always said to himself that animals should be regarded much more highly than humans.’
    • ‘The ethical subject is portrayed as one who regards himself as a goal, a task set.’
    • ‘Within hours, realising that he may have gone too far, the victim handed himself in.’
    • ‘He dismissed the idea of introducing himself to her and was just about to leave when she spoke.’
    • ‘We saw each other again at the finish line and the amputee introduced himself as Jim Bonney.’
    • ‘Even on the other side of the world, Christopher finds himself under siege by fans.’
    • ‘He introduced himself to me by the punch table, and we have remained friends ever since.’
    • ‘He decided that he did not want to subject himself to the strain and reluctantly withdrew.’
    • ‘Maybe he saw himself as the persecuted Bard, the subject of one of his large canvases.’
    • ‘Ruffini used group theory in his work but he had to invent the subject for himself.’
    • ‘In this case the subject of the spell literally worries himself or herself to death.’
  • 2[emphatic] He or him personally (used to emphasize a particular male person or animal mentioned)

    ‘Thomas himself laid down what we should do’
    ‘he said so himself’
    • ‘The architect himself often speaks about how his life has been shaped by war and suffering.’
    • ‘He himself was suffering from personal stress when he gave evidence, as he told me.’
    • ‘He also agreed that he himself had hit people before in the same way and they had not been injured.’
    • ‘It is a great privilege to minister to people whose next step is to stand before the Lord himself.’
    • ‘He said on one occasion the Prince of Wales himself had offered to give a gold wedding ring to staff.’
    • ‘Pliny himself announces that he will give us only the most important vine varieties.’
    • ‘Rameau himself saw his theoretical writings as the most important part of his work.’
    • ‘At the heart of the conflict lay the policies and personality of the King himself.’
    • ‘Although most people took him to be black, he himself knew that he was not black.’
    1. 2.1Irish A third party of some importance, especially the master of the house.
      ‘I'll mention it to himself’


  • (not) be himself

  • by himself

    • see by oneself at by


Old English (see him, self).