1. Belonging or pertaining to him; used as a pronominal adjective or adjective pronoun; as, speak John his
papers are ready; formerly used also
for its, but this use
obsolete. "No suitable star did lend his
light." (Shak) "Who can impress
the forest, bid
earth-bound root?" (Shak)
Also formerly used in connection
with a noun simply as a sign
of the possessive. "The king his
son." Shak. "By young
Telemachus his blooming
years." Pope. This his
a corruption of the old
-is or -es, which, being
written as a separate
word, was at length
confounded with the pronoun his.
2. The possessive of he; as, the book
is his. "The sea
is his, and he made it."
Origin: AS. His of him, his, gen. Masc. & neut. Of h, neut. Hit. See He.
Source: Websters Vocabulary