from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- pro. That one identical with me.
- pro. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: I bought myself a new car.
- pro. Used for emphasis: I myself was certain of the facts.
- pro. Used in an absolute construction: In office myself, I helped her get a job.
- pro. My normal or healthy condition or state: I'm feeling myself again.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. that being which is oneself
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- pro. I or me in person; -- used for emphasis, my own self or person; as I myself will do it; I have done it myself; -- used also instead of me, as the object of the first person of a reflexive verb, without emphasis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An emphatic or reflexive form of the first personal pronoun I or me, either nominative or (as originally) objective.
Middle English mi-self, from Old English mē selfum, mē selfne : mē, me; see me-1 in Indo-European roots + selfum, selfne, dative and accusative of self, self; see self.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From me (pronoun) + self (pronoun). Later partly reinterpreted as my + self (noun). (Wiktionary)