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Meaning of she by Wiktionary Dictionary

she


    Etymology

    From Middle English sche, hye ( “she” ), from earlier scho, hyo, ȝho ( “she” ), a phonetic development of Old English hēo, hīo ( “she” ), from Proto-Germanic *hijō ( “this, this one” ), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- ( “this, here” ). Cognate with English dialectal hoo ( “she” ), Scots scho, shu ( “she” ), West Frisian hja ( “she” ), North Frisian jü ( “she” ), Danish hun ( “she” ), Swedish hon ( “she” ). More at he .

    Despite the similarity in appearance, the Old English feminine demonstrative sēo ( “that” ) is probably not the source of Middle English forms in sch-. Rather, the sch- developed out of a change in stress upon hío resulting in hió, spelt ȝho ( ȝh = hȝ, compare wh = hw, lh = hl, etc. ), and the h was palatalised into the sh sound. Similar alteration can be seen the name Shetland, from Old Norse Hjaltland; ȝho is the immediate parent form of Middle English scho and sche .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ʃiː/, X-SAMPA: /Si:/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ʃi/, X-SAMPA: /Si/
    • Rhymes: -iː

    Pronoun

    she third person singular, feminine, nominative case ( accusative and possessive her, possessive hers, reflexive herself )

    1. ( personal ) A female person or animal.
      I asked Mary, but she said that she didn't know .
    2. ( personal ) A ship or country .
    3. ( personal, affectionate ) Machinery such as cars and steam engines .
      She is a beautiful boat, isn't she?
    4. ( personal, nonstandard ) he/she. used arbitrarily with he for an indefinite person in order to be gender-neutral.

    Noun

    she ( plural: shes )

    1. A female .
      And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare / As any she belied with false compare — Shakespeare .

    See also

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    Anagrams

    • esh, he's, HSE

    s )he">( s )he

    By Wiktionary ( 2010/09/27 00:52 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    Pronoun

    ( s )he

    1. He or she; singular of they, used as a gender-neutral reference to the third person singular .

    Anagrams

    • esh, he's, HSE

    s/he

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/05/20 23:58 UTC Version )

    Alternative forms

    Pronoun

    s/he ( third person, singular, plural: they )

    1. He or she

    Usage notes

    This term is used as a gender-neutral third person singular pronoun. One common use is on paper forms .

    Synonyms

    Anagrams

    • esh, he's, HSE

    she-

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/06 08:38 UTC Version )

    Preposition

    she-

    1. Indicating a female, usually of an animal .

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Definition of she by GCIDE Dictionary

she


  1. She pron. [sing. nom. She; poss. Her. ( ) or Hers ( ); obj. Her; pl. nom. They ; poss. Their or Theirs ( ); obj. Them] [OE. she, sche, scheo, scho, AS. seó, fem. of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS. siu, D. zij, G. sie, OHG. siu, sī, si, Icel. sū, sjā, Goth. si she, sō, fem. article, Russ. siia, fem., this, Gr. , fem. article, Skr. sā, syā. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her.]
    1. This or that female; the woman understood or referred to; the animal of the female sex, or object personified as feminine, which was spoken of.

    She loved her children best in every wise. Chaucer.

    Then Sarah denied, . . . for she was afraid. Gen. xviii. 15.

    2. A woman; a female; -- used substantively. [R.]

    Lady, you are the cruelest she alive. Shak.

    ☞ She is used in composition with nouns of common gender, for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.

  2. She pron. [sing. nom. She; poss. Her. ( ) or Hers ( ); obj. Her; pl. nom. They ; poss. Their or Theirs ( ); obj. Them] [OE. she, sche, scheo, scho, AS. seó, fem. of the definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS. siu, D. zij, G. sie, OHG. siu, sī, si, Icel. sū, sjā, Goth. si she, sō, fem. article, Russ. siia, fem., this, Gr. , fem. article, Skr. sā, syā. The possessive her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different root. See Her.]
    1. This or that female; the woman understood or referred to; the animal of the female sex, or object personified as feminine, which was spoken of.

    She loved her children best in every wise. Chaucer.

    Then Sarah denied, . . . for she was afraid. Gen. xviii. 15.

    2. A woman; a female; -- used substantively. [R.]

    Lady, you are the cruelest she alive. Shak.

    ☞ She is used in composition with nouns of common gender, for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as, a she-bear; a she-cat.