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[him] /hɪm/
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?
Origin of him
before 900; Middle English, Old English, dative of he1
Can be confused
him, hymn.
Usage note
See he1, me. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hims
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  • The slave-hunters cotch her some time ago, and carry her off when hims away hunting.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • Oh, dat am noting,” said Bunco, drawing himself up proudly; “me hab kill lots of dem before; but dis one hims die hard.

    Lost in the Forest R.M. Ballantyne
  • We'uns was dere and he was standin' on de gallery, holdin' a paper in hims han' and readin'.

  • “My fadder would knock zoo down if zoo say dat to hims face,” replied the child confidently.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • hims say, massa, dat hims find one leetle chile—one boy—when hims go away from de camp to come back to here.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • hims got leettle out ob sorts,” said the sympathetic Ebony, suggesting a milder state of things.

    The Madman and the Pirate R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then me climb up side of rocks so hims no touch me, but must pass below me quite near.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • You do shoode, und if you shoode him, it is petter than for hims to be eaten oop alife, und you may shoode den leopard.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • "hims bin here all night," replied the girl, with a broad grin (and the breadth of Poopy's broad grin was almost appalling).

British Dictionary definitions for hims


a former name of Homs


/hɪm; unstressed ɪm/
pronoun (objective)
refers to a male person or animal: they needed him, she baked him a cake, not him again!
(mainly US) a dialect word for himself he ought to find him a wife
Word Origin
Old English him, dative of he1


His (or Her) Imperial Majesty
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Word Origin and History for hims



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."

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Her (or His) Imperial Majesty
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