- the objective case of he, used as a direct or indirect object: I’ll see him tomorrow. Give him the message.
- Informal. (used instead of the pronoun he in the predicate after the verb to be): It’s him. It isn’t him.
- Informal. (used instead of the pronoun his before a gerund): We were surprised by him wanting to leave.
- Informal. a male: Is the new baby a her or a him?
pronoun, nominative he, possessive his, objective him; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
- the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male.
- anyone (without reference to gender); that person: He who hesitates is lost.
noun, plural hes.
- any male person or animal; a man: hes and shes.
- male (usually used in combination): a he-goat.
- His Imperial Majesty; Her Imperial Majesty.
- refers to a male person or animalthey needed him; she baked him a cake; not him again!
- mainly US a dialect word for himself he ought to find him a wife
- His (or Her) Imperial Majesty
the chemical symbol for
- high explosive
- His Eminence
- His (or Her) Excellency
- refers to a male person or animalhe looks interesting; he’s a fine stallion
- refers to an indefinite antecedent such as one, whoever, or anybodyeverybody can do as he likes in this country
- refers to a person or animal of unknown or unspecified sexa member of the party may vote as he sees fit
- a male person or animal
- (in combination)he-goat
- the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ה), transliterated as h
- an expression of amusement or derisionAlso: he-he!, hee-hee!
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.”
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).
|nom.||he||hit||heo, hio||hie, hi|
|acc.||hine||hit||hie, hi||hie, hi|
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.
- The symbol for the elementhelium
- The symbol for helium.