- pronoun referring to a man or boy, and some animals
- noun (written as HE)a projectile or other explosive ordnance containing high explosive
- acronym forhigh explosive (written as HE)
- noun a powerful explosive substance used in bombs, grenades, shells, etc.
- noun a bomb or projectile containing high explosive.
- acronym forHer Excellency (written as HE)
- acronym forHis Excellency (written as HE)
- chemical symbol forhelium (written as He)
Origin & History of “he”
He comes ultimately from a prehistoric Indo-European base *ki-, *ko-, which denoted in general terms ‘this, here’ (as opposed to ‘that, there’) and occurs in a number of modern English demonstrative pronouns and adverbs, such as here and hence. The most direct use of the demonstrative is for the ‘person or thing referred to’, and so *ki- has come down directly via Germanic *khi- as the third person singular pronoun he (of which him, his, she, her, and it are all derivatives).