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them

[th em; unstressed th uh m, uh m] /ðɛm; unstressed ðəm, əm/
pronoun
1.
the objective case of they, used as a direct or indirect object:
We saw them yesterday. I gave them the books.
2.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun they in the predicate after the verb to be):
It's them, across the street. It isn't them.
3.
Informal. (used instead of the pronoun their before a gerund):
The boys' parents objected to them hiking without adult supervision.
adjective
4.
Nonstandard. those:
He don't want them books.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English theym < Old Norse theim them (dative); replacing Middle English tham(e), Old English thǣm, thām; cf. they
Usage note
See he1, me, they.
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British Dictionary definitions for themest

them

/ðɛm; unstressed ðəm/
pronoun
1.
(objective) refers to things or people other than the speaker or people addressed: I'll kill them, what happened to them?
2.
(mainly US) a dialect word for themselves they got them a new vice president
determiner
3.
a nonstandard word for those three of them oranges
Word Origin
Old English thǣm, influenced by Old Norse theim; related to Old Frisian thām, Old Saxon, Old High German thēm, Old Norse theimr, Gothic thaim
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Word Origin and History for themest

them

pron.

c.1200, from Old Norse þeim, dative of þeir "they" (see they). Replaced Old English cognate him, heom. Themselves is c.1500, a northern dialectal variant of Old English heom selfum (dative).

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