himself Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “himself” in the English Dictionary

"himself" in British English

See all translations

himselfpronoun

uk   /hɪmˈself/  us   /hɪmˈself/
  • himself pronoun (MALE)

A2 used to refer to a ​maleobject of a ​verb that is the same ​person or ​animal as the ​subject of the ​verb: He'd ​cut himself ​shaving. Most ​nights he would ​cry himself to ​sleep.
B2 used to ​emphasize a ​particular man, ​boy, or ​maleanimal: Did you ​want to ​talk to the ​chairman himself, or could his ​personalassistanthelp you? Tom was going to ​buy a ​bookcase, but in the end he made one himself.
(all) by himself
A2 If a man or ​boy does something by himself, he does it ​alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: Little Timmy made that ​snowman all by himself. Why did you ​leaveyour little ​brother by himself?
(all) to himself
for his use only: Johnny's got the ​apartment to himself next ​week.
not be/seem/feel himself
not to be, ​seem, or ​feel as ​happy or as ​healthy as ​usual: Is Tom all ​right? He doesn't ​seemquite himself this ​morning.
in himself
UK informal used when ​describing or ​asking about a man's ​state of ​mind when he is ​physicallyill: He's well enough in himself - he just can't ​shake this ​cold off.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • himself pronoun (FEMALE/MALE)

used to refer to an ​object of a ​verb that is the same ​person or ​animal as the ​subject of the ​verb, when referring to a ​person or ​animal whose ​sex is not ​known or not ​considered to be ​important: Any ​fool can ​teach himself to ​type.
(Definition of himself from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"himself" in American English

See all translations

himselfpronoun

 us   /hɪmˈself, ɪm-/ male
the ​male being ​spoken about; the ​reflexiveform of he: He ​bought himself a new ​coat.
Himself is sometimes used to ​emphasize a ​malesubject or ​object of a ​sentence: I got to ​meet the ​president himself.
Himself is also used to refer to a ​person whose ​sex is not ​known: I ​hope nobody’s ​hurt himself. Note: Some people find this use of him to be offensive.
(all) by himself
If a man or ​boy does something (all) by himself, he does it ​alone or without ​help from anyone ​else: Jamie made that snowman all by himself.
not himself
If a man or ​boy is not himself, he is not in his ​usualmental or ​physicalcondition: Hugh hasn’t been himself since the ​accident.
(all) to himself
If a man or ​boy has something (all) to himself, he has it for his own use only: He’s got the ​house to himself ​tonight.
(Definition of himself from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of himself?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“himself” in British English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

sample

a small amount of something that shows you what the rest is or should be like

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More