From Middle English it, hit ( > English dialectal hit (“it”)), from Old English hit (“it”), 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.
it (subjective and objective it, reflexive and intensive itself, possessive determiner and noun its)
- The third-person singular personal pronoun that is normally used to refer to an inanimate object or abstract entity, also often used to refer to animals.
- A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to a child, especially of unknown gender.
- Used to refer to someone being identified, often on the phone, but not limited to this situation.
- The impersonal pronoun, used without referent as the subject of an impersonal verb or statement. (known as the dummy pronoun or weather it)
- The impersonal pronoun, used without referent in various short idioms.
- 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. The delayed subject is commonly a to-infinitive, a gerund, or a noun clause introduced by a subordinating conjunction.
- All or the end; something after which there is no more.
- (chiefly derogatory, offensive) A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to an animate referent who is transgender or is neither female nor male.
- (obsolete) Followed by an omitted and understood relative pronoun: That which; what.
- (obsolete) its
it (plural its)
- One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.
- The person who chases and tries to catch the other players in the playground game of tag.
- (Britain, uncountable) The game of tag.
- (uncountable) Sex appeal, especially that which goes beyond beauty.
- (euphemistic) Sexual activity.
- A biological force that inhabits living beings, according to the vitalist approach of Georg Groddeck.
it (not comparable)
- (colloquial) Most fashionable.
- Abbreviation of Italy.
- Abbreviation of Italian. (language)