Definition of themself in English:


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Pronunciation: /ð(ə)mˈsɛlf


[third person singular]
  • Used instead of ‘himself’ or ‘herself’ to refer to a person of unspecified sex: the casual observer might easily think themself back in 1945
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    • Despite keeping his faith closely guarded, he threw himself into the Hare Krishna movement with the enthusiasm of a college kid who'd just dropped out and then found themself again.
    • Anyone who's found themself trying to navigate life's day-to-day reality in a foreign culture will relate to Ko's means of reflecting displacement.
    • I hope no-one else ever finds themself in this position.


The standard reflexive form corresponding to they and them is themselves, as in they can do it themselves . The singular form themself, first recorded in the 14th century, has re-emerged in recent years corresponding to the singular gender-neutral use of they, as in this is the first step in helping someone to help themself . The form is not widely accepted in standard English, however. For more details, see they (usage).

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