- [[t]hi[/t]] unstressed [[t]i[/t]]pron. nom. he, poss. his, obj. him1) fun the male person or animal being discussed or last mentioned; that male2) fun anyone (without reference to sex); that person:He who hesitates is lost[/ex]3) fun any male person or animal; a man:hes and shes[/ex]4) fun male (usu. used in combination):a he-goat[/ex]•Etymology: bef. 900; ME, OE hē (masc. nom. sing.); c. D hij, OS hē, OHG her he; see his, him, she, her, it usage: Traditionally, the pronouns he, his and him have been used generically to refer to indefinite singular pronouns like anyone, everyone, and someone (Everyone who agrees should raise his hand) and to singular nouns that do not indicate sex: Every writer hopes he will produce a bestseller. This generic use is often criticized as sexist, although many speakers and writers continue the practice. Various approaches have been developed to avoid generic he. One is to use plural forms entirely: Those who agree should raise their hands. All writers hope they will produce bestsellers. Another is to use the masculine and feminine singular pronouns together: he or she, she or he; he/she, she/he. A common practice in speech is to use forms of they to refer to such antecedents: If anyone calls, tell them I'm not home. See they Forms blending the feminine and masculine pronouns, as s/he, have not been widely adopted. See also they . IIhe or heh[[t]heɪ[/t]] n. pl. hes or hehs1) ling. the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet2) ling. any of the sounds represented by this letter•Etymology: < Heb hē'
From formal English to slang. 2014.