Definition of zir in English:

zir

pronoun

third person singular
  • Used instead of “him” or “her” to refer to a person of unspecified or nonbinary gender previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘I handed it to zir’
    • ‘I love zir very much.’
    • ‘Ze felt like I had been ignoring zir and like I hated zir.’
    • ‘Ze was shaking and crying, and I wound up comforting zir.’
    • ‘If anyone's being controlling and abusive here, it's zir.’
    • ‘For your own protection, tell zir all of this with at least one witness present.’
    • ‘The visitors ask zir questions to which there are brief hushed answers.’
    • ‘I can see zir smile wide as I blink away my tears.’
    • ‘I knew I'd go home and find zir fast asleep but couldn't help worrying.’
    • ‘I want to wake up next to zir everyday, for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘I dragged zir out with me for a walk yesterday afternoon.’

Pronunciation

zir

/ziər/ /zɪər/ /zər/

possessive determiner

  • Belonging to or associated with a person of unspecified or nonbinary gender previously mentioned or easily identified.

    ‘ze is interrupted by yet another voice from zir own past’
    • ‘He gaped at his sibling as he waited for zir response.’
    • ‘The Trans Chorus singer had struggled with zir gender identity growing up.’
    • ‘Zero points to zir emotional support dog, Reyah, who needed medical attention following a seizure a few months ago.’
    • ‘Shoulder-length curls frame zir face.’
    • ‘What is known about zir past is that ze was once a very respected scientist.’
    • ‘Ze felt zir eyes widen.’
    • ‘Jack left Mississippi at fourteen and gets back far too rarely to see zir family.’
    • ‘Ze lives in Albuquerque with zir partner and cat.’
    • ‘As soon as ze reached for zir bag, zir hands shook.’
    • ‘Ze looks in the mirror and zir face seems a little less soft, zir jaw a bit stronger.’

Pronunciation

zir

/ziər/ /zɪər/ /zər/

Origin

1990s: blend of ze and hir.