an emphatic appositive of him
: He himself spoke to the men.
a reflexive form of him
: He cut himself.
(used in absolute constructions): Himself the soul of honor, he included many rascals among his intimates.
(used as the object
of a preposition or as the direct or indirect object of a verb): The old car had room only for himself and three others.
(used in comparisons after as or than ): His wife is as stingy as himself.
his normal or customary self: He is himself again.
7. Irish English.
a man of importance, especially the master of the house: Himself will be wanting an early dinner.
Origin: before 900; Middle English him selven, Old English him selfum,
dative singular of hē self
he himself; see him