Hypertext Webster Gateway: "her"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

She \She\, pron. [sing. nom. {She}; poss. {Her}. or {Hers}; obj.
{Her}; pl. nom. {They}; poss. {Their}or {Theirs}; obj.
{Them}.] [OE. she, sche, scheo, scho, AS. se['o], fem. of the
definite article, originally a demonstrative pronoun; cf. OS.
siu, D. zij, G. sie, OHG. siu, s[=i], si, Icel. s[=u],
sj[=a], Goth. si she, s[=o], fem. article, Russ. siia, fem.,
this, Gr. ?, fem. article, Skr. s[=a], sy[=a]. The possessive
her or hers, and the objective her, are from a different
root. See {Her}.]
1. This or that female; the woman understood or referred to;
the animal of the female sex, or object personified as
feminine, which was spoken of.

She loved her children best in every wise.

Then Sarah denied, . . . for she was afraid. --Gen.
xviii. 15.

2. A woman; a female; -- used substantively. [R.]

Lady, you are the cruelest she alive. --Shak.

Note: She is used in composition with nouns of common gender,
for female, to denote an animal of the female sex; as,
a she-bear; a she-cat.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Her \Her\, pron. & a. [OE. hire, here, hir, hure, gen. and dat.
sing., AS. hire, gen. and dat. sing. of h['e]o she. from the
same root as E. he. See {He}.]
The form of the objective and the possessive case of the
personal pronoun she; as, I saw her with her purse out.

Note: The possessive her takes the form hers when the noun
with which in agrees is not given, but implied. ``And
what his fortune wanted, hers could mend.'' --Dryden.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Her \Her\, Here \Here\, pron. pl. [OE. here, hire, AS. heora,
hyra, gen. pl. of h[=e]. See {He}.]
Of them; their. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.

On here bare knees adown they fall. --Chaucer.

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