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[sheez] /ʃiz/
contraction of she is.
contraction of she has.
Usage note


[shee] /ʃi/
pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive her or hers, objective her; plural nominative they, possessive their or theirs, objective them.
the female person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that female.
the woman:
She who listens learns.
anything considered, as by personification, to be feminine:
spring, with all the memories she conjures up.
noun, plural shes.
a female person or animal.
an object or device considered as female or feminine.
Origin of she
1125-75; Middle English, alteration of Old English sēo, sīo, sīe, feminine of se the1; replacing Old English hēo, hīo, feminine personal pronoun; see he1, her
Usage note
See he1, me, they. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for she's
  • Most of the time she uses flat-weave quilters' cotton, but she's been known to raid her closet for an elusive fragment.
  • she's an unlikely figure to play this part in art history.
  • If you do that you get an update about what your wolf is up to, where she's traveling and what she's experiencing.
  • Pert's own career has often been as controversial as the new science she's helped to create, and she writes of this with candor.
  • Some of her best ideas come when she's in the shower, so she keeps a waxed pencil there and writes on the walls.
  • She doesn't walk right-- she drags herself as if she's crawling and she won't look at you.
  • It's not that she's insensitive to people and the planet.
  • It's not that she's against robots as helpers-building cars, vacuuming floors, and helping to bathe the sick are one thing.
  • But until now she's never actually been cast in one of the games.
  • she's scary when angry, is well-informed, and loves anything lowbrow.
British Dictionary definitions for she's


she is or she has


pronoun (subjective)
refers to a female person or animal: she is a doctor, she's a fine mare
refers to things personified as feminine, such as cars, ships, and nations
(Austral & NZ) an informal word for it1 (sense 3) she's apples, she'll be right
  1. a female person or animal
  2. (in combination): she-cat
Word Origin
Old English sīe, accusative of sēo, feminine demonstrative pronoun
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Word Origin and History for she's



mid-12c., probably evolving from Old English seo, sio (accusative sie), fem. of demonstrative pronoun se "the," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (see the). The Old English word for "she" was heo, hio, however by 13c. the pronunciation of this had converged by phonetic evolution with he "he," which apparently led to the fem. demonstrative pronoun being used in place of the pronoun (cf. similar development in Dutch zij, German sie, Greek he, etc.). The original h- survives in her. A relic of the Old English pronoun is in Manchester-area dialectal oo "she." As a noun meaning "a female," she is attested from 1530s.

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