from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Used as a modifier before a noun: his boots; his plans.
- pro. Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to him: If you can't find your hat, take his.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- pro. Belonging to him.
- pro. Used erroneously in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in s, to express the possessive case.
- pro. That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- pro. Belonging or pertaining to him; -- used as a pronominal adjective or adjective pronoun; ; formerly used also for its, but this use is now obsolete.
- pro. The possessive of he.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The possessive (genitive) masculine (and formerly also neuter) of he.
- A perverted form of the genitive inflection -s, -'s, Middle English and early modern English -es, -is (see -es and -s), which was confused with the genitive pronoun his, and became common especially after nouns whose nominatives end in -S.
- [The use naturally extended to the feminine gender and the plural number:
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English his ("his, its"), from Proto-Germanic *hes (“of this”), genitive of *hiz (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this”). Cognate with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic hans ("his"). More at he. (Wiktionary)