Definitions

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

  • pronoun Used to refer to that one previously mentioned. Used of a nonhuman entity; an animate being whose sex is unspecified, unknown, or irrelevant; a group of objects or individuals; an action; or an abstraction.
  • pronoun Used as the subject of an impersonal verb.
  • pronoun Used as an anticipatory subject or object.
  • pronoun Used as an anticipatory subject to emphasize a term that is not itself a subject.
  • pronoun Used to refer to a general condition or state of affairs.
  • pronoun Used to refer to a crucial situation or culmination.
  • pronoun Informal Used to refer to something that is the best, the most desirable, or without equal.
  • pronoun Games Used to designate a player, as in tag, who attempts to find or catch the other players.
  • noun An animal that has been neutered.
  • idiom (with it) Aware of or knowledgeable about the latest trends or developments.
  • idiom (with it) Mentally responsive and perceptive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A common abbreviation of Italian.
  • noun An abbreviation of Italy.
  • A dialectal (Scotch) form of -ed, -ed.
  • A personal pronoun, of the third person and neuter gender, corresponding to the masculine he and the feminine she, and having the same plural forms, they, their, them.
  • As the nominative of an impersonal verb or verb used impersonally, when the thing for which it stands is expressed or implied by the verb itself: as, it rains (the rain rains or is falling); it is blowing (the wind is blowing).
  • As the grammatical subject of a clause of which the logical subject is a phrase or clause, generally following, and regarded as in apposition with it: as, it is said that he has won the prize; he is poor, it is true, but he is honest; it behooves you to bestir yourself; it is they that have done this mischief.
  • After an intransitive verb, used transitively for the kind of action denoted or suggested by the verb: as, to foot it all the way to town.
  • The possessive case, originally his (see he), now its; the form it without the possessive suffix having been used for a time in works written during the period of transition from the use of his to that of its.
  • In children's games, that player who is called upon to perform some particular task, as in I-spy or tag the one who must catch or touch the other players: as, he's it; who's it?

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

  • pronoun The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural (they, their or theirs, them).
  • pronoun See Itself.

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

  • abbreviation language Italian.
  • abbreviation Italy.
  • pronoun The third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an inanimate object, to an inanimate thing with no or unknown sex or gender.
  • pronoun The third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an animate entity of unknown gender.
  • pronoun Used to refer to oneself when identifying oneself, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.
  • pronoun The impersonal pronoun, used without referent as the subject of an impersonal verb or statement. (known as the dummy pronoun or weather it)
  • pronoun The impersonal pronoun, used as a placeholder for a delayed subject, or less commonly, object. (known as the dummy pronoun or, more formally in linguistics, a syntactic expletive)
  • pronoun obsolete, relative That which; what.
  • noun One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.
  • noun The person who chases and try to catch the other players in the playground game of tag.
  • noun UK, uncountable The game of tag.
  • adjective colloquial most fashionable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information

Etymologies

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English hit, from Proto-Germanic *hit (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this, here”). Cognate with West Frisian it ("it"), Low German it ("it"), Dutch het ("it"), German es ("it"). More at he.

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  • Number 3

    (non compos mentis, got eight kids already)

    asked me when 'it' would be all right again.

    I said 'If you endeavour to avoid

    sexual intercourse for about two nights...'

    She said 'He won't wait. He will have his rights.'

    - Peter Reading, Talking Shop, from C, 1984

    July 23, 2008

  • non compos mentis?

    July 23, 2008

  • Now bracketed jenn.

    July 23, 2008

  • Weirdnet offers just the two definitions...

    July 23, 2008

  • A dynamic, indefinable quality. A certain je ne sais quoi.

    September 9, 2008

  • What Clara Bow was said to have.

    September 9, 2008

  • Possibly from the latin word 'id'?

    January 19, 2011

  • Not related to Latin id, despite the apparently obvious connexion via Grimm's Law. The Old English was hit, the h being lost in Middle English. This makes it related to he, both from a pre-Germanic *k- root (not as far as I know represented in Latin1). The neuter ending -t is however cognate with the -d of Latin id, quid, illud etc.

    1. Unless it's the deictic -c(e) of hic, sic.

    January 20, 2011

  • Thanks for that :)

    January 21, 2011