English - Etymology
From Middle English sche, hye (“she”), from earlier scho, hyo, ȝho (“she”), a phonetic development of Old English hēo, hīo (“she”), from Proto-Germanic *hijō (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe-, *ḱey- (“this, here”). Cognate with English dialectal hoo (“she”), Scots scho, shu (“she”), West Frisian hja (“she”), North Frisian jü (“she”), Danish hun (“she”), Swedish hon (“she”). More at he.
Despite the similarity in appearance, the Old English feminine demonstrative sēo (“that”) is probably not the source of Middle English forms in sch-. Rather, the sch- developed out of a change in stress upon hío resulting in hió, spelt ȝho (ȝh = hȝ, compare wh = hw, lh = hl, etc.), and the h was palatalised into the sh sound. Similar alteration can be seen the name Shetland, from Old Norse Hjaltland; ȝho is the immediate parent form of Middle English scho and sche.
English - Pronunciation
English - Pronoun
(personal) A female person or animal.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ix:
- (personal, sometimes affectionate) A ship.
- (personal, affectionate) Another machine (besides a ship), such as a car.
(personal, nonstandard) He/she
(used in a
work, along with or in place of he, as an indefinite pronoun).
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, 1990:
- Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage.
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, 1990:
English - Noun
- (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare:
- 2000, Sue V. Rosser, Building inclusive science volume 28, issues 1-2, page 189:
Albanian - Noun
- undrying rivulet
Mandarin - Romanization
- Nonstandard spelling of shē.
- Nonstandard spelling of shé.
- Nonstandard spelling of shě.
- Nonstandard spelling of shè.