from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Used as a modifier before a noun.
  • pronoun Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to him.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • pronoun Belonging or pertaining to him; -- used as a pronominal adjective or adjective pronoun; ; formerly used also for its, but this use is now obsolete.
  • pronoun The possessive of he.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • pronoun attributive Belonging to him.
  • pronoun archaic Used erroneously in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in s, to express the possessive case.
  • pronoun That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English; see ko- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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