From Middle English his, from Old English his (“his; its”), from Proto-Germanic *hes (“of this”), genitive of Proto-Germanic *hiz (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this”). Cognate with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic hans (“his”). More at he; see also its.
- Belonging to him. [from 8th c.]
- (dated) Belonging to a person of unspecified gender.
- (obsolete) Its; belonging to it. (Now only when implying personification.) [11th-17th c.]
- (archaic) Used as a genitive marker in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in -s, to express the possessive case. [from 11th c.]
- That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun.
- Alternative spelling of His
- plural of hi