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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


hangover Alternative forms: hang-over etymology American English; hang + over. First sense was first attested in 1904. Second sense was first attested in 1894. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈhæŋoʊvɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈhæŋəʊvə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Illness caused by a previous bout of alcohol drinking. I really enjoyed yesterday’s party, but now I have the biggest hangover — I’ll not be doing that again any time soon.
  2. An unpleasant relic left from prior events.
    • 2013, Simon Jenkins, Gibraltar and the Falklands deny the logic of history (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013) While they deny the logic of history and geography, neither Gibraltar nor the Falklands will ever be truly "safe". One day these hangovers will somehow merge into their hinterlands and cease to be grit in the shoe of international relations. This day will be hastened if world governments take action to end tax havens.
  • (post-drug illness) afterglow
  • overhang
hangry etymology {{blend}}. pronunciation
  • /ˈhæŋɡɹi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Hungry and angry, especially when the anger is induced by the hunger.
Hank Marvin etymology Cockney rhyming slang to rhyme with starving. Hank Marvin (born 1941) is an English musician.
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  1. (colloquial) Starving; very hungry.
hanky pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Short form of handkerchief.
Hansonmania etymology Hanson + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for , a boy band popular in the 1990s.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) abbreviation of hapax legomenon
    • 1993, Gilbert G. Bilezikian, Christianity 101: Your Guide to Eight Basic Christian Beliefs, ISBN 0310577012, page 19, Never build a doctrine on or draw a teaching from an unclear or debated hapax.
    • 1993, Mark W. Edwards, The Iliad: A Commentary, Volume V: Books 17–20, ISBN 0521312086, page 53, He includes tables which give the number and frequency of hapaxes in each Book, ...
    • 1999, Ingo Plago, Morphological Productivity: Structural Constraints in English Derivation, ISBN 3110158337, page 111, Most of the hapaxes featuring -ify and -ize are phonologically and semantically transparent, which indicates their status as productive formations.
    • 1999, David E. Orton, The Synoptic Problem and Q: Selected Studies from Novum Testamentum, ISBN 9004113401, page 194, There are 19000-odd words in his gospel, and 971 of these are hapaxes: there are 18000-odd words in Acts, and 943 are hapaxes.
haplogy etymology Haplology of haplology itself.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, humorous) haplology
happening pronunciation
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  1. present participle of happen
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  1. (slang, of a place) Busy, lively; vibrant, dynamic; fashionable. This is a happening place tonight!
    • 2005, Wendy Lawton, Less is More, page 13, “…San Francisco is not exactly the most happening place, you know.”
    • 2006, Eliot Greenspan, Neil E. Schlecht, Frommer's Cuba, page 165, When the show ends, the circular, sunken floor is one of the more happening dance clubs in town.
    • 2011, Bob Sehlinger, Menasha Ridge, Len Testa, The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2012, page 157, They're a little noisy if you open your balcony door but otherwise offer a glimpse of one of Disney World's more happening places.
  2. (slang, of a person or product) Trendy, up-to-the-minute. He is a real happening guy.
    • 1987 November 16, Steve Gibson, Desktop Publishing, 386-Based Machines, ‘Happening’ Trends at Comdex, , page 42, Every show has its hottest, most happening trends. If I were to isolate just one for hardware and one for software, this year's hot hardware would be the 386 machines, and the happening software would be desktop publishing.
    • 2009, Nicola Williams, Oliver Berry, Steve Fallon, France, Lonely Planet, page 883, Going strong since 2006, this ephemeral nightclub (it's open only for 50 nights each year, in July and August) has become the hottest ticket in DJ land, a combination of the most happening names in music and its spectacular setting at the heart of the Palais des Festivals.
    • 2011, Nicholas Gill, Christie Pashby, Kristina Schreck, Frommer's Chile & Easter Island, unnumbered page, San Antonio is the newest, tiniest, and most “happening” wine appellation in Chile, with just four boutique wineries that focus on quality, not quantity, producing fine pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and syrah.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something that happens.
  2. A spontaneous or improvised event, especially one that involves audience participation.
happy as a lark etymology Derived from comparison to the seemingly cheerful birdsong of a lark.
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  1. (simile, colloquial) Very happy (sometimes with the extra connotations of being carefree or unaware of grim realities). She's happy as a lark with her ten dollar pay raise, even though the long-term prospects for the business are not good.
happy as a pig in shit Alternative forms: happy as a pig in mud
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  1. (chiefly, UK and Ireland, idiomatic, vulgar) Extremely happy; obviously satisfied and carefree.
    • 1998 March 6, Nick Hasted, "Film: Will movies kill the soundtrack star?," Independent (UK) (retrieved 6 Aug 2014): He's "happy as a pig in shit". "This is what I really enjoy, working with film-makers," he says.
    • 2002 Jan. 12, , "Culture: ‘It's like being in love’," Guardian (UK) (retrieved 6 Aug 2014): And he pays generous tribute to Noble who, he says, actively encouraged him . . . to venture further into the classics with Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Henry IV. "Speaking purely as a director, I was happy as a pig in shit."
    • 2013 Sept. 6, David Wroe, "Abbott adviser handed new paid role as envoy," The Age (Australia) (retrieved 6 Aug 2014): "I am as happy as a pig in shit—you can quote me on that—doing what I'm doing at the moment."
    • 2014 Aug. 5, Megan Reynolds, "Tried & Tested: 10 Hippie Beauty Treatments," The Frisky (US) (retrieved 6 Aug 2014): Beauty products are the one thing that I waste my money on. Give me a hundred bucks and plop me in the nearest Duane Reade, and I’m happy as a pig in shit.
Synonyms: happy as a clam, happy as a lark
happy birthday pronunciation
  • (UK): /ˈhæpi ˈbɜːθ.deɪ/
  • (US): /ˈhæpi ˈbɝθ.deɪ/
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interjection: happy birthday!
  1. Said or written to a person who is celebrating his or her birthday in order to convey the good wish of the speaker or writer (literally, "may you have a happy birthday") When Stuart entered the room, everybody yelled, "Happy birthday!" Happy birthday, Joe! Have a fantastic party!
Synonyms: many happy returns, many happy returns of the day
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, transitive) To wish a happy birthday upon (someone).
happy button
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The clitoris.
    • 2008, Tom Renz, Angels Hour, Dog Ear Publishing (2008), ISBN 9781598588354, page 142: I asked Shane how a mutt like Doc could lasso someone like Shanteel. He ventured that Doc was probably hung like Man O' War and knew how to work a woman's happy button.
    • 2011, Dee Dawning, "Felicity Jones", in Threesomed: An Erotic Menage Anthology, ISBN 9781467981378, unnumbered page: "Ah-huh. You made me come that way and I want you to do it again and while you're at it you can take turns licking my happy button."
    • 2013, Jon L. Pope, The Exhibitionist, iUniverse (2013), ISBN 9781491716878, page 355: He found the folds hiding Alex's happy button.
  2. (slang) The prostate (in relation to sexual stimulation through the rectum).
Synonyms: (clitoris) see also .
happy-clappy Alternative forms: happyclappy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) A member of a Christian church whose worship is characterized by enthusiasm and spontaneity.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Of or relating to such a worshiper or such a church.
happy dance
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (literally) A dance that conveys happiness.
  2. (informal or slang) A dance performed by an individual gloating at his/her success in footy tipping. It is intended to torment friends and foes alike.
  • Used with or .
happy ending
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A clichéd conclusion in which all loose end are tied up and all main characters are content. See also happily ever after.
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  2. (vulgar, slang, used euphemistically) A handjob, especially one after a massage.
happyish etymology happy + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Somewhat happy.
happy New Year etymology happy + New Year
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  1. A wish said at the start of a New Year.
happy pill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) An antidepressant.
happy slap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An instance of happy slapping.
related terms:
  • happy slapper
  • slap-happy, slaphappy
happy slapper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who practise happy slapping.
related terms:
  • happy slap
happy slapping {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The practice of physically attacking (originally, slapping), and often verbally abusing, a person and photograph or film the attack using a camera phone, the recording sometimes being sent to others to further humiliate the victim.
related terms:
  • happy slap
  • happy slapper
happy snap
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, lighthearted) A photograph. I took a happy snap of the class standing in front of the museum.
happy trail
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A vertical line of hair that extends up along the middle of a man's abdomen from pubic hair to navel.
    • 2011, , Fifty Shades Freed, Vintage Books (2012), ISBN 9780345803504, pages 424-425: His shirt has come dislodged from his pants, revealing a hint of his happy trail.
Synonyms: treasure trail
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hard etymology From Middle English, from Old English heard, from Proto-Germanic *harduz, from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, *kret-. Cognate with Western Frisian hurd, Dutch hard, osx hard, hart, German hart, Danish hård. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /hɑːd/
  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /hɑɹd/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of material or fluid) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
    1. Resistant to pressure. exampleThis bread is so stale and hard, I can barely cut it.
    2. (of drink) Strong.
    3. (of water) High in dissolve calcium compound.
    4. (physics, of a ferromagnetic material) Having the capability of being a permanent magnet by being a material with high magnetic coercivity (compare soft).
  2. (personal or social) Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
    1. Requiring a lot of effort to do or understand. examplea hard problem
      • 1988, An Oracle, Edmund White Ray found it hard to imagine having accumulated so many mannerisms before the dawn of sex, of the sexual need to please, of the staginess sex encourages or the tightly capped wells of poisoned sexual desire the disappointed must stand guard over.
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    2. Demanding a lot of effort to endure. examplea hard life
    3. Severe, harsh, unfriendly, brutal. examplea hard master;  a hard heart;  hard words;  a hard character
    4. (dated) Difficult to resist or control; powerful.
      • Roger L'Estrange (1616-1704) The stag was too hard for the horse.
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) a power which will be always too hard for them
  3. Unquestionable. examplehard evidence
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  4. (of a road intersection) Having a comparatively larger or a ninety-degree angle. exampleAt the intersection, there are two roads going to the left. Take the hard left.
  5. (slang, vulgar, of a male) Sexually aroused. exampleI got so hard watching two hot girls wrestle each other on the beach.
  6. (bodybuilding) Having muscle that are tight as a result of intense, regular exercise.
  7. (phonetics, uncomparable)
    1. Plosive. exampleThere is a hard c in "clock" and a soft c in "centre".
    2. Unvoiced Hard k, t, s, ch, as distinguished from soft, g, d, z, j
  8. (arts) Having a severe property; presenting a barrier to enjoyment.
    1. Rigid in the drawing or distribution of the figures; formal; lacking grace of composition.
    2. Having disagreeable and abrupt contrasts in colour or shading.
  9. (uncomparable) In the form of a hard copy. We need both a digital archive and a hard archive.
Synonyms: (resistant to pressure): resistant, solid, stony, see also , (requiring a lot of effort to do or understand): confusing, difficult, puzzling, tough, tricky, (requiring a lot of effort to endure): difficult, intolerable, tough, unbearable, (severe): harsh, hostile, severe, strict, tough, unfriendly, (unquestionable): incontrovertible, indubitable, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, (of drink): strong, See also
  • (resistant to pressure): soft
  • (requiring a lot of effort to do or understand): easy, simple, straightforward, trite
  • (requiring a lot of effort to endure): bearable, easy
  • (severe): agreeable, amiable, approachable, friendly, nice, pleasant
  • (unquestionable): controvertible, doubtful, ambiguous, equivocal, questionable
  • (of drink):
    • (low in alcohol): low-alcohol
    • (non-alcoholic): alcohol-free, soft, non-alcoholic
  • (of roads) soft
  • ("sexually aroused"): soft, flaccid
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (manner) With much force or effort. He hit the puck hard up the ice. They worked hard all week. At the intersection, bear hard left. The recession hit them especially hard. Think hard about your choices.
    • Dryden prayed so hard for mercy from the prince
    • Shakespeare My father / Is hard at study; pray now, rest yourself.
    • In search of the person: philosophical explorations in cognitive science, page 119, Michael A. Arbib, 1985, “What, then, of the voluntarist's sense that one often has to think long and hard before making agonizing choices?”
  2. (manner) With difficulty. His degree was hard earned. The vehicle moves hard.
  3. (obsolete) So as to raise difficulties.
    • Sir Thomas Browne The question is hard set.
  4. (manner) Compactly. The lake had finally frozen hard.
  5. (now archaic) Near, close.
    • Bible, Acts xviii. 7 whose house joined hard to the synagogue
    • 1999, George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings, Bantam 2011, p. 418: It was another long day's march before they glimpsed the towers of Harrenhal in the distance, hard beside the blue waters of the lake.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A firm or paved beach or slope convenient for hauling vessels out of the water.
  2. (drugs, colloquial, slang) crack cocaine.
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hard as nails
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  1. (simile, colloquial) Very hard; tough
hard-ass Alternative forms: hard-assed
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  1. (vulgar, slang) tough, uncompromising and inflexible
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  1. (vulgar, slang) A tough and combative person. Hopefully you don't take such a hard-ass approach as this.
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  1. (vulgar) Of a person who has a very difficult personality; a perfectionist.
hardballer etymology hardball + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who exhibits hardball (tough or ruthless) behaviour.
hardcore {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hard-core
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having an extreme dedication to a certain activity; diehard. He's a hardcore gamer.
  2. (slang) Particularly intense; thrillingly dangerous or erratic; desirably violent in appearance; pleasing or "cool" due to intensity or danger. exampleThat show was hardcore, dude.
  3. Resistant to change.
  4. Obscene or explicit.
  5. (pornography) Depicting penetration.
  6. (music) Faster or more intense than the regular style.
Synonyms: (diehard): steely-eyed, tough as nails, gung ho
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. broken bricks, stone and/or other aggregate used as foundations especially in road and path laying.
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  2. hardcore punk
  3. gangsta rap Let's listen to some hardcore.
  4. hardcore techno
  • Russian: хардко́р 〈hardkór〉
hard drive
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  1. (computing) A device used for storing large amounts of data for a computer that persist while the computer is turned off.
Synonyms: hard disc, hard disk, hard disc drive, hard disk drive, HD, HDD (abbreviation)
harder than Chinese math etymology Suggesting complex mathematics written in the unfamiliar Chinese script.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Very difficult.
  2. (informal, humorous) Very hard (in the sense of physical rigidity).
hardish etymology From hard + ish.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Somewhat hard.
  2. (colloquial) Quite hard.
hardman etymology hard + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A man who is particularly tough or muscular He's just a wannabe hardman.
  2. (Australia, rugby) A rugby player
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hard of thinking etymology Modelled on hard of hearing.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous, derogatory) Having difficulty in think; stupid.
hard-on Alternative forms: hardon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) erection of the penis
  • hadron
  • Hrodna
  • Rhonda
hard science
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The natural and physical science that use the scientific method and experiment to test theories. Examples include mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and geology.
hardsport etymology hard + sport; compare watersport.
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  1. (slang, chiefly, in the plural) Any sexual practice involving faeces.
    • 2003, "marcusderossi", male available for extreme movies, videos (on newsgroup uk.adverts.personals) Are you looking for a male for your fetish movies or videos? I am a 36yo male available for watersports, hardsports, submission, spanking, gangbang only with ladies.
    • 2012, Maxim Jakubowski, The Best British Crime Omnibus “What's within reason?” “Hand-job, blow-job, full sex — straight, full service. Greek, maybe, if you're not too big. Golden shower, if you like, but not reverse. No hardsports. And absolutely nothing without.”
hard up Alternative forms: hard-up
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Lacking money, impecunious, in financial difficulties.
    • 1886, Jerome K. Jerome, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, I can speak with authority on the subject of being hard up. I have been a provincial actor. If further evidence be required, which I do not think likely, …
  2. (colloquial) Lacking anything. We were hard up for amusements.
  3. (colloquial) Desperate. Dating him? She must be hard up.
Synonyms: See also
  • purdah
hardware pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhɑːdˌwɛə/
  • (GenAm) /ˈhɑɹdˌwɛɚ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Fixtures, equipment, tools and devices used for general-purpose construction and repair of a structure or object. Also such equipment as sold as stock by a store of the same name, e.g. hardware store. He needed a hammer, nail, screw, nut, bolt and other assorted hardware, so he went to the hardware store.
  2. (informal) Equipment. military hardware
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  3. (computing) The part of a computer that is fixed and cannot be altered without replacement or physical modification; motherboard, expansion cards, etc. Compare software.
    • 1952, "Binary Arithmetic", R.L. Michaelson, in The Incorporated Statistician, vol. 3, no. 1 (Feb. 1952), pp 35-40. Hardware is the generally accepted colloquism for anything inside a computer other than an engineer.
  4. (technology) Electronic equipment.
  5. Metal implements.
  6. (slang) A firearm.
related terms:
  • software
  • hardware store
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (computing, slang, humorous, rare) In terms of hardware.
hardwood {{wikipedia}} etymology hard + wood Alternative forms: hard wood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, mostly in botany and forestry) The wood from any dicotyledon tree, without regard to its hardness. exampleBalsa is a hardwood, but a soft hardwood.
  2. (countable) (in more general use) As the preceding but limited to those that are commercial timber, and are at least average in hardness. exampleAsh, hickory and oak are some of the most prominent domestic hardwoods.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 10 , “Mr. Cooke had had a sloop yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered. […] The Maria had a cabin, which was finished in hard wood and yellow plush, and accommodations for keeping things cold.”
  3. (countable, forestry) The tree or tree species that yields the preceding. exampleThis hardwood has been planted extensively throughout the hills here.
  4. (uncountable) A joint term for the commercial timbers, without distinguishing which. exampleYou should have used hardwood for this window sill instead of this junk.
  5. (sports, slang) The sport of basketball, in particular the basketball court.
hard yakka pronunciation
  • /hɑːd ˈjækə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, colloquial) hard work
The conventional colloquial phrase in Australia and New Zealand for hard work (of any kind).
etymology The term yakka is believed to be from a native Australian language.Collins English Dictionary (New Zealand Edition)
harem {{wikipedia}} etymology From Turkish harem, from Arabic حرم 〈ḥrm〉; and later also from حريم 〈ḥrym〉 with same meaning, both from حرم 〈ḥrm〉. (Eng. usg. 1623) pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhɛərəm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The private part of an Arab household. In traditional Arab culture, this part of the household was forbidden to male strangers.
  2. A group of women, wives and/or concubines in a polygamous household.
  3. A group of female animals (cows) herded and controlled by a male animal (bull) of that species for breeding purposes. Such behaviour is exhibited by bovids including cattle and buffalo as well as moose, elephants, seals, sea lions, sea elephants.
  4. (slang) Any significant number of women together as a group; bevy.
  • herma
hare scramble
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A motorcycle or quad race though wooded or natural terrain.
harlot {{Wikipedia}} etymology From Old French herlot, arlot, of unknown origin.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, archaic) a female prostitute
Synonyms: see , see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To play the harlot; to practice lewdness. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: harlotize
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) wanton; lewd; low; base
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors: Act 5, scene 1, 204–205 This day, great duke, she shut the doors upon me, / While she with harlots feasted in my house.
harmonica {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌhɑɹ.ˈmɒ.nɪ.kə/
  • (US) /ˌhɑɹ.ˈmɑ.nɪ.kə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a musical wind instrument with a series of holes for the player to blow into, each hole producing a different note
  2. a musical instrument, consisting of a series of hemispherical glasses which, by touching the edges with the dampen finger, give forth the tone.
  3. a toy instrument of strips of glass or metal hung on two tapes, and struck with hammers.
Synonyms: gob iron, Mississippi sax, mouth organ, tin sandwich
  • charmonia
harp {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English harpe, from Old English hearpe, from Proto-Germanic *harpǭ. Cognate with Scots hairp, West Frisian harpe, harp, Low German Harp, Dutch harp, German Harfe, Danish harpe, Swedish harpa. pronunciation
  • (UK) /hɑːp/
  • (US) /hɑɹp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with string that are stroked or plucked with the fingers.
  2. (colloquial) A harmonica.
  3. (Scotland) A grain sieve.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (usually with on) To repeatedly mention a subject. exampleWhy do you harp on a single small mistake? (US) exampleWhy do you harp on about a single small mistake? (UK)
  2. (transitive) To play on (a harp or similar instrument)
  3. (transitive) To play (a tune) on the harp.
  4. (transitive) To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon. exampleThou harped my fear aright. — Shakespeare.
Synonyms: keep on about, perseverate
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Harperite etymology Harper + ite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, politics, sometimes pejorative) A supporter of and the policies of his government.
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harp on one string
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal, idiomatic) To dwell on a single subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence.
harpoon {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French harpon, from Latin harpaga, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη 〈harpágē〉, from ἁρπάζω 〈harpázō〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /hɑː(r)ˈpuːn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A spear weapon with a barb head used in hunting whale and large fish.
  2. (slang) A harmonica.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To hunt something with a harpoon.
harris etymology (Rhyming slang) Harris tweed = weed pronunciation
  • /ˈhærɪs/
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  1. (uncountable, UK, slang) A dried preparation of the flowering tops or other parts of the cannabis plant used as a psychotropic drug. I'd rather stay in with some harris than go to the pub after work tonight.
harrumpher etymology harrumph + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who complain or moralize.
Harry Hun
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (UK, derogatory) A name used to represent the German people. Alright you chaps! Let's go and give Harry Hun a jolly good bashing!
    • 1989, Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, “”, episode 1 of season 4 of : Lieutenant George: Great Scott sir, you mean, you mean the moment’s finally arrived for us to give Harry Hun a darned good British style thrashing, six of the best, trousers down?
    • 2002 Brian Hughes, The Greyminster Chronicles, iUniverse, ISBN 978-0-595-22079-3, page 124: “… All the blokes were off shootin’ Harry Hun. …”
    • 2003, Michael Dobbs, Never Surrender (novel), Sourcebooks Landmark (2007), ISBN 978-1-4022-1044-0, page 106: So it didn't seem much of an option, leaning against a tree waiting for Harry Hun.
harsh etymology From Middle English, from gml harsch, literally "hairy," from haer. Cognate with German harsch. pronunciation
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  1. Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
  2. Severe or cruel.
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antonyms: {{checksense}}
  • genteel
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To negatively criticize. Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
    • The Fold‎, An Na, 2008, “Stop harshing on yourself. Who said you're the ugly sister?”
    • Gain, Richard Powers, 2009, ““Stop harshing on me, Daddy.” “Harshing?” “Don't yell at me. I didn't do anything.””
  2. (transitive, slang) to put a damper on (a mood). Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
    • Turn of the century‎, page 508, Kurt Andersen, 1999, “On their third date, Lizzie had actually said to him, "You're sort of harshing my mellow." It made him wonder if she might be stupid, and not just young.”
    • The Janson Directive‎, page 355, Robert Ludlum, 2003, “"They're mostly mercenaries these days. But whose?" "Serbian mercenaries? You're harshing my groove, man. I'm gonna pretend I didn't hear that...."”
    • Undead and Unpopular‎, page 776, MaryJanice Davidson, 2006, “"Getting back to the issue of the child," Tina said, harshing our buzz as usual, "I really think you should reconsider...."”
    • Secrets‎ - Page 70, Kate William, Francine Pascal, 2008, “He's totally harshing my vibe," Lila said airily. "Someone should tell him to get over himself. He's lucky I even invited him!"”
Synonyms: rough
hasbarat etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) hasbarist
    • 2009 Don Bailey, re: zionist trolls who infect the internet Group: talk.politics.mideast If you’ve come across a hasbarat, on-line or otherwise, you have learned that no amount of reasoned argument or intellectual maturity has any effect. That’s because hasbarats don’t care if they come across as ignorant, obnoxious, nasty or inane. All that matters for them is sabotaging criticism of Israel and support for Muslims
    • 2012 Bill, Re: Last charge of the Churchill brigade Group: sci.military.naval and anti-Jewish-Israels are always painted as convenient. Lie. Bernie Schwarz, still being a hasbarat disseminator for Shitrael?
    • 2011, eunometic, Re: Some idiot faking Eunometic please read below on "false flag racism" Group: alt.politics In Israel groups called 'hasbarat' are even organised to manipulate Wikipedia, bulletin boards and create false flag racism.
hasbara troll
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) hasbarist
has-been pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhæz.biːn/
  • (US) /ˈhæz.bɪn/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person, especially one formerly popular or influential, who continues in their field after their popularity or effectiveness has peak and is now in decline.
    • 1986 (Jan 6), John Gantz, "Things Look Better in the Long View", InfoWorld, 7 (52) / 8 (1), page 19 I think Apple Computer is a has-been.
    • 2009, , Up Till Now: The Autobiography, page 338 Is it better to never be than to be and eventually become a has-been?
  • Typically said of professionals or celebrities whose prime is behind them.
  • banshee
hasbian etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (LGBT, slang, derogatory, sometimes offensive) A former lesbian who is now heterosexual.
    • 1989, Patricia Roth Schwartz, “On the Hasbian Phenomenon,” off our backs, June, 1989, page 11 / Sex and sensibility: stories of a lesbian generation, by Arlene Stein, 1997, page 288:
    • 1990 March 12, Herb Caen, “Plenty of Monday,” The San Francisco Chronicle: Evelyn White reports that in feminist circles, lesbians who have gone straight — apparently all the rage these days — are known as ‘hasbians’.
    • 1995 November 20, Anonymous, “Dear Dawn,” The Dominion, November 20: Say that you’d only just got used to telling your friends your daughter was a lesbian and do not relish having to inform them that she is now a hasbian.
Synonyms: wasbian (less common)
hashhouse etymology From hash + house. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhaʃhaʊs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US colloquial) A cheap diner or eating-house.
    • 1943, Raymond Chandler, The High Window, Penguin 2005, p. 86: ‘We went out about three-thirty or so to get something to eat at the hashhouse around the corner,’ Hench said.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 88: In the big town, no job, has to deal 'em off the arm in hashhouse again, sad.
hash house
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A cheap restaurant
hashish {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hasheesh etymology From Arabic حشيش 〈ḥsẖysẖ〉. pronunciation
  • /hæˈʃiːʃ/, /ˈhæʃɪʃ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The leaves and tender parts of the Indian hemp plant (which are intoxicating), which are dried for either chewing or smoking.
    • 1855, Sir Richard Burton, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, Dover 1964, p. 44: Coyly at first, but less guardedly as we grew bolder, we smoked the forbidden weed "Hashísh," conversing lengthily the while about that world of which I had seen so much.
    • 1876: Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins You know hasheesh is the extract of hemp?
  2. A cannabis extract (See {{pedialite}}).
  3. (slang) marijuana generally.
related terms:
  • hash
Synonyms: See also
hashmagandy etymology Corruption of salmagundi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia) A stew made from a variety of ingredients.
  2. (Australia, military, slang) An insipid army dish.
  3. Residue remaining after organic material is processed, such as at an abattoir, used as fertiliser or by anglers as bait.
    • 1905, Arthur Henry Beavan, Fishes I Have Known, page 127, These fishermen procure from a boiling-down establishment, where diseased sheep, oxen, and horses are reduced to glue and other useful articles, the residuum, an awfully stinking substance called Hashmagandy,….
    • 1905, Victorian Department of Agriculture, The Journal of the Department of Agriculture of Victoria, Volume 3, page 714, …nitrogen is contained in the nitrate form in nitrate of soda and nitrate of potash, in the ammoniacal form in sulphate of ammonia, and in the organic form in dried blood, bonedust, bones, and digester refuse (hashmagandy), and manures of a similar class.
    • 1937, Victorian Department of Agriculture, The journal of the Department of Agriculture, Victoria, Volume 34, page 49, The raw offal is first steam-digested under pressure to remove the tallow, and the residue, termed “hashmagandy,” is then dried in steam-heated revolving cylinders, after which it is elevated or transferred to a disintegrator,…
hashtag pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈhæʃˌtæɡ/
etymology From hash + tag.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (Internet) A metadata tag, signaled by a preceding hash sign (#), used to label content.
    • 2007 Aug 25, Stowe Boyd, tweet, https// I support the hash tag convention: http//tiny #hashtag #factoryjoe #twitter
    • 2009, Paul McFedries, Pete Cashmore, Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets You can also search for a hashtag by typing a topic (without the #) in the search box and clicking Search.
    • 2009, Alistair Croll, Sean Power, Complete Web Monitoring While hashtags aren't formally part of Twitter, some clients, such as Tweetdeck, will persist hashtags across replies to create a sort of message threading.
    • 2011, Rory Stewart, "Here we go again", London Review of Books, 33.VII: The planes are moving into position. The foreign ministers of minor Arab states are taking calls on their cell-phones from Western politicians. Twitter accounts explode around the Libyan hash-tag.
  2. (informal) The hash sign itself.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, Internet) To label (a message) with a hashtag.
hassle pronunciation
  • /ˈhæsl/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Trouble, bother, unwanted annoyances or problems. I went through a lot of hassle to be the first to get a ticket.
  2. A fight or argument.
  3. An action which is not worth the difficulty involved.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To trouble, to bother, to annoy. The unlucky boy was hassled by a gang of troublemakers on his way home.
  2. To pick a fight or start an argument.
  • halses
  • lashes
  • shales
hasslefree etymology hassle + free
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) troublefree
etymology 1 Written form of a of "has to". pronunciation
  • /ˈhæstə/
  • {{audio}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) en-third-person singular of hafta: has to; is required to. He hasta visit the doctor.
etymology 2 From Spanish hasta especially hasta luego. pronunciation
  • /ˈɑːstə/
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) goodbye
etymology 3 From Sanskrit हस्त 〈hasta〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Indian classical dance) A hand gesture used to depict the meaning of a song
    • {{quote-news}}
  • Tasha
hat {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English hat, from Old English hæt, hætt, from Proto-Germanic *hattuz, from Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ-. Cognate with Northern Frisian hat, Danish hat, Swedish hatt, Icelandic hattur, Latin cassis, Lithuanian kudas, Avestan , Welsh caddu. Compare also hood. pronunciation
  • (UK) /hæt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A covering for the head, often in the approximate form of a cone or a cylinder closed at its top end, and sometimes having a brim and other decoration.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  2. (figuratively) A particular role or capacity that a person might fill.
    • 1993, Susan Loesser, A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life: A Portrait by His Daughter, Hal Leonard Corporation (2000), ISBN 978-0-634-00927-3, p.121: My mother was wearing several hats in the early fifties: hostess, scout, wife, and mother.
  3. (figuratively) Any receptacle from which numbers/names are pulled out in a lottery.
    1. (figuratively, by extension) The lottery or draw itself. exampleWe're both in the hat: let's hope we come up against each other.
  4. (video games) A hat switch.
    • 2002, Ernest Pazera, Focus on SDL, p.139: The third type of function allows you to check on the state of the joystick's buttons, axes, hats, and balls.
  5. (typography, non-standard, rare) = háček
    • 1997 October 6th, “Patricia V. Lehman” (user name), rec.antiques (Usenet newsgroup), “Re: Unusual Mark – made in Cechoslovakia”, Message ID: <>#1/1 I’lll have to leave it up to antiques experts to tell you when objects were marked that way, but I can tell you it’s called a “hacek” (with the hat over the “c” and pronounced “hacheck”.) It is used to show that a “c” is pronounced as “ch” and an “s” as “sh.” Sometimes linguists just call it the “hat.”
  • See also
  • aht
  • tha
hatch pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /hætʃ/
  • {{hyphenation}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English hache, from Old English hæc, from Proto-Germanic *hakjō (compare Dutch hek ‘gate, railing’, Low German Heck ‘fence’, German Hecke), variant of *hagjō ‘hedge’. More at hedge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.
  2. A trapdoor.
  3. An opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items. A pass through. The cook passed the dishes through the serving hatch.
  4. A small door in large mechanical structure and vehicle such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
  5. An opening through the deck of a ship or submarine.
  6. (slang) A gullet.
  7. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
  8. A floodgate; a sluice gate. {{rfquotek}}
  9. (Scotland) A bedstead. {{rfquotek}}
  10. (mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To close with a hatch or hatches.
    • Shakespeare 'Twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.
etymology 2 From Middle English hacchen ‘to propagate’, cognate with German hecken ‘to breed, spawn’, Danish hække; akin to Latvian kakale ‘penis’.Wolfgang Pfeifer, ed., ''Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen'', s.v. “hecken” (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbucher Vertrag, 2005).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) (of young animals) To emerge from an egg.
  2. (intransitive) (of eggs) To break open when a young animal emerges from it.
  3. (transitive) To incubate eggs; to cause to hatch.
  4. (transitive) To devise. to hatch a plan or a plot; to hatch mischief or heresy
noun: {{head}}
  1. The act of hatching.
  2. Development; disclosure; discovery. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (poultry) A group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time. These pullets are from an April hatch.
  4. (often as mayfly hatch) The phenomenon, lasting 1-2 days, of large clouds of mayflies appearing in one location to mate, having reached maturity.
    • {{ante}} Edward R. Hewitt, quoted in 1947, Charles K. Fox, Redistribution of the Green Drake, 1997, Norm Shires, Jim Gilford (editors), Limestone Legends, page 104, The Willowemoc above Livington Manor had the largest mayfly hatch I ever knew about fifty years ago.
    • 2004, Ed Engle, Fishing Small Flies, page 118, The major application of the parachute is for mayfly hatches, but it's also useful for midge hatches.
    • 2007, John Shewey, On the Fly Guide to the Northwest, page 70, Many years the mayfly hatch begins by the time the lake opens in April. Otherwise, expect strong hatches by mid-May. The hatches continue through midsummer.
  5. (informal) A birth, the birth records (in the newspaper) — compare the phrase "hatched, matched, and dispatched."
etymology 3 From Middle French ; Old French
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To shade an area of (a drawing, diagram, etc.) with fine parallel lines, or with lines which cross each other (cross-hatch).
    • Dryden Those hatching strokes of the pencil.
    • Chapman Shall win this sword, silvered and hatched.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher His weapon hatched in blood.
hatch, match and despatch etymology hatch suggests birth, as in the hatching of an egg; match suggests marriage, as in the matching of bride and groom; and despatch suggests death.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, nickname) The Office of Births, Marriages and Deaths.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of church attendance, humorous) Very infrequent; attending only for baptism, marriage, and funeral. He is a hatch, match and despatch Catholic [or Baptist, etc.].
hatchet man
noun: {{en-noun}}. alternative spelling of hatchetman
  1. A professional killer.
  2. (colloquial, idiomatic) Someone who carries out brutal and unpleasant duties on behalf of another, such as firing dead wood employee.
hate etymology From Old English hete, from Proto-Germanic *hataz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱād- 〈*ḱād-〉. Cognate with West Frisian haat, Dutch haat, German Hass, Swedish hat. The verb is from Middle English haten, from Old English hatian, from Proto-Germanic *hatōną, from Proto-Germanic *hataz. Cognate with Dutch haten, German hassen, Swedish hata, French haïr (a Germanic borrowing). pronunciation
  • /heɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An object of hatred. One of my pet hates is traffic wardens.
  2. Hatred. He gave me a look filled with pure hate.
  3. (Internet, colloquial) Negative feedback, abusive behaviour. There was a lot of hate in the comments on my vlog about Justin Bieber from his fans.
related terms:
  • hate crime
  • hater
  • hatred
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To dislike intensely or greatly. I hate men who take advantage of women.
  2. (transitive, slang) To dislike intensely due to envy. Don't be hating my weave, girl, you're just jealous!
Synonyms: abhor, despise, detest, loathe, See also
  • love
  • eath, haet, heat, HEAT, heta, Thea
hate-boner Alternative forms: hate boner, hateboner
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An intense and enthralling feeling of hatred for someone or something.
    • 2011, Kevin Moser, "Don't fear the pipeline, trust expert's opinion", Daily Nebraskan (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), Volume 111, Issue 30, 30 September 2011, page 6: Nothing makes liberals sport a hate-boner more than the word oil.
    • 2012, "Roxy Heart", Salient (Victoria University of Wellington), Volume 75, Issue 6, 23 April 2012, page 23: Roxy is a pretty liberal gal, and so while rape porn is kinda tacky and gross, she doesn't have a raging feminist hate-boner for it.
    • 2012, Josh Ruffin, "The Wasteland", Metro Spirit, Volume 23, Number 44, 8 November 2012, page 6: I voted for Obama in 2008, for much the same reason I would vote for a candidate that didn't sell his soul to a core group of slobbering maniacs with hate-boners for welfare.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) alternative form of hate fuck
    • 2008, Daniel Maurer, Brocabulary, HarperCollins (2008), ISBN 9780061547560, page 144: Fighcking is totally different from your classic hatefuck — as opposed to hating her but still wanting to fuck, you hate fighting with her and would rather fuck.
    • 2009, James Greenberg, "The Greenberg Guide: Part 3", Obiterdicta, 2 March 2009: You don't want this girl as your wifey, but you kind of want her to stop talking shit about you. Hey, maybe you can even get a hatefuck out of it.
    • 2011, "Lisa-Skye Is Not Like Other Boys", The Inpress Guide to the 25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival, page 36: Looks like product of a hatefuck between Dawn French, a peacock, and a snickers bar.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) alternative form of hate fuck
    • 2009, Zak Smith, We Did Porn: Memoir and Drawings, Tin House Books (2009), ISBN 9780980243680, page 277: {{…}} and you'd keep wanting to leave and then you'd hatefuck Dwight and then when you got home he would e-mail you for years after and ask for naked pictures and you'd know he was an asshole.
    • 2010, Lauren Leto & Ben Bator, Texts From Last Night: All the Texts No One Remembers Sending, Gotham Books (2010), ISBN 9781101196403 , unnumbered page: I just hatefucked a Bush administration appointee. Now having celebratory mimosas.
    • 2012, Kol, Fools, Xlibris (2012), ISBN 9781479742158, page 37: "Is that why every girl you meet wants to be hatefucked?"
    • {{seemoreCites}}
hate fuck Alternative forms: hate-fuck, hatefuck
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) An instance of sexual intercourse between people who hate each other.
    • 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld, Scribner (1998), ISBN 9780684848150, page 293: "If you fuck me, it'll be a hate fuck. This what you want? This what you mean by aggressive?"
    • 2001, Sam Lipsyte, The Subject Steve, Broadway Books (2001), ISBN 0767909178, page 117: "I hate you," said Renee. "Let's have a hate fuck."
    • 2006, Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds, Three Rivers Press (2006), ISBN 9781400080434, page 284: (I'm not proud to say that arguments like this fueled the hate fucks that were the cornerstone of our sham of an ex-relationship.)
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Synonyms: hate-sex
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) To have sexual intercourse with someone one hate.
    • 2007, Brian Krans, A Constant Suicide, Rock Town Press (2007), ISBN 9780979372605, page 130: The chance to hate fuck the woman who tore my best friend up since birth would have been a trip.
    • 2008, Austen James, Hate Starve Curse, Broken Science Press (2008), ISBN 9781438235028, page 72: I've fucked plenty of girls I've hated, but I will not fuck her tonight. I'll need it badly enough to hate fuck a girl like Nancy, but I don't need it now.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) alternative form of hate fuck
    • 1975, Norman Dickens, Jack Nicholson: The Search for a Superstar, New American Library (1975), page 108: {{…}} And they have a lot of grass-is greener fantasies…. People that I don't like are not sexually attractive to me at all. I remember in my early twenties I had a few hate-fucks and they were groovy. But now now."
    • 2007, Steve Chick, Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story, Omnibus Press (2009), ISBN 9780857120540, unnumbered page: I think the most important thing was the attitude; she always wanted the music to sound like rough sex, like a hate-fuck.
    • 2008, Tripp Millican, Stories for Boys, (2008), ISBN 9781435745551, page 30: I want to have sex with her. Not even sex. I want to fuck her. A hate-fuck.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) alternative form of hate fuck
    • 1995, Amy Taubin, "Under His Thumb", in Debating Sexual Correctness: Pornography, Sexual Harassment, Date Rape, and the Politics of Sexual Equality (ed. Adele M. Stan), Delta (1995), ISBN 9780385313841, page 172: He might even hate-fuck the Winona Ryder character once or twice when their relationship goes sour, {{…}}
    • 2011, Jaden Lane, If You Could Read My Mind, Xlibris (2011), ISBN 9781456855543, page 358: "I wasn't going to hate-fuck you, because I don't hate you. I love you, but I just can't make love to you either."
    • 2012, Marty Beckerman, The Heming Way: How to Unleash the Booze-Inhaling, Animal-Slaughtering, War-Glorifying, Hairy-Chested, Retro-Sexual Legend Within, Just Like Papa!, St. Martin's Press (2012), ISBN 9781250010605, page 166: Zelda likewise blasted Hemingway as a "poseur," "pansy," and "professional he-man," but they might've wanted to hate-fuck each other.
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hater pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈheɪtə(r)/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who hate.
  2. (slang, pejorative) One who expresses unfounded or inappropriate hatred or dislike, particularly if motivated by envy.
  • Earth, earth, heart, rathe, rehat, Terah
haterade etymology Blend of hate or hater and Gatorade (a brand of sports drink)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, often capitalized) Hatred, as a metaphorical beverage.
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hateration etymology First used in the 2001 single "" by : "Don't need no hateration, holleratin'/In this dance for me".[ hateration] on
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (African American Vernacular English, slang) Hatred, hostility, animus.
    • 2008, Jacquelin Thomas, Divine Match-Up, Pocket Books (2008), ISBN 9781416551454, page 43: I feel a wave of hateration washing over me. I can't believe that Mimi's getting a car before I get one.
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haters gonna hate
proverb: {{en-proverb}}
  1. (slang) Critics' opinion ultimately do not affect you and are unlikely to change, so ignore them.
    • 2000, 3LW, "Playas Gon' Play", 3LW (album): Playas gonna play / Haters gonna hate / That's the way it is / That's just how it's been
    • 2012, Eric Grzymkowski, A Year of Living Sinfully: A Self-Serving Guide to Doing Whatever the Hell You Want, Adams Media (2012), ISBN 9781440512537, unnumbered page: If anyone asks why you're wearing a bathrobe in public, just roll your eyes and keep on strutting. Haters gonna hate.
    • 2012, Vanessa Wieland, "Amanda Palmer: On the Art of Songwriting, Staying Busy, & Being Honest", in 2012 Songwriter's Market (ed. Adria Haley), Writer's Digest Books (2012), ISBN 9781599632322, page 85: [Amanda Palmer:] I think the key is to NOT defend yourself too much. Haters gonna hate, especially in the age of the Internet, where everyone can hide behind their walls and masks while spewing venom, truisms, and righteousness.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Sexual intercourse between people who hate one another.
Synonyms: hate fuck
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hate speech {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. speech that attack or disparage a person or group of persons on the basis of origin, race, nationality, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
hatstand Alternative forms: hat stand, hat-stand etymology hat + stand
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK) A device used to store hat upon. Usually made of wood and standing at least five foot tall, they have a single pole making up most of the height, with a sturdy base to prevent toppling, and an array of lengthy pegs at the top for placement of hats.
Synonyms: (pole with pegs) coatstand; hatrack, coatrack (US)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Crazy, insane.
hatter {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From hat + er.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who makes, sells, or repairs hat.
  2. (Australia, slang) A person who lives alone in the bush.
    • 1892, Henry Lawson, Lonely hut where drought’s eternal, suffocating atmosphere Where the God-forgotten hatter dreams of city life and beer.
Synonyms: hatmaker, milliner
etymology 2 From an English dialect word, meaning "to entangle"; compare Low German verhaddern, verheddern, verhiddern.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To tire or worry. {{rfquotek}}
  • threat
haul his ashes
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) A euphemism for sexual intercourse. After six months in Iraq, he really need to get his ashes hauled.
  • Almost always in passive.
haul off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, nautical) To alter course so as to get farther away from an object.
  2. (idiomatic) To leave.
  3. (idiomatic, informal) To draw back the arm in order to punch. He just hauled off and socked him in the jaw.
haul one's ashes
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) To move someone's body, to move away.
    • 1996, , Bloody Hand, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312958390, page 222, Now ye and yore boys jest haul yore ashes and start makin' tracks back to the Yellowstone.
    • 2001, William W. Johnstone, Code of the Mountain Man, Pinnacle Books, ISBN 0786013044, page 265, "Then leave, you yeller-belly!" Luttie said. "You're paid up. Haul your ashes." "I believe I'll just do that little thing. I'm pullin' out...."
    • 2002, , Hangman's Creek, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312981759, page 91–93, Tate uncorked a haymaker, and Starbuck ducked low, belted him in the gut.... The impact buckled Tate.... He was out cold.... "Anybody [referring to Starbuck] that can haul Sam Tate's ashes is my kinda of man...."
  2. (euphemistic) Have sexual intercourse with (someone).
    • 1989, , Misterioso, in Pack of Lies, 1997 Dalkey Archive Press edition, ISBN 1564781542, page 349, "George Brent has got one hell of a schlong on him," Tabitha ventures. "And how!" Lucy agrees enthusiastically. "I'd haul his ashes for him any time."
    • 2002, Stephen J. Cannell, The Viking Funeral, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312983433, page 157, Just do me a favor: if you decide to haul her ashes, don't tell Victory. He's got a crush on her, and so far she won't give him any play.
    • 2004, Iceberg Slim, Mama Black Widow, Holloway House Publishing, ISBN 0870679317, page 293, I still get beautiful laddies to haul my ashes when my old balls get heavy.
Hausfrau etymology Borrowing from German.
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  1. (informal) A traditional housewife.
have etymology From Middle English haven, from Old English habban, hafian, from Proto-Germanic *habjaną, durative of Proto-Germanic *habjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- 〈*keh₂p-〉. Cognate with Saterland Frisian hääbe, Western Frisian hawwe, Dutch hebben, Low German hebben, hewwen, German haben, Danish have, Swedish hava, Norwegian have, Icelandic hafa, Latin capiō, Russian хапать 〈hapatʹ〉. More at heave. Since there is no common Indo-European root for a transitive possessive verb have (notice that Latin "habeō" is not related to English "have"), Proto-Indo-European probably lacked the have structure. Instead, the third person forms of be were used, with the possessor in dative case, compare Latin mihi est / sunt, literally to me is / are. [ Internal Reconstruction in Indo-European: Methods, Results, and Problems] pronunciation
  • (stressed) /hæv/
  • (unstressed) /(h)əv/
  • (have to) /hæf/
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verb: {{en-verb}} Additional archaic forms are second-person singular present tense hast, third-person singular present tense hath, and second-person singular past tense hadst or haddest.
  1. (transitive) To possess, own, hold. I have a house and a car. Look what I have here — a frog I found on the street!
  2. (transitive) To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship). I have two sisters. The dog down the street has a lax owner.
  3. (transitive) To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action. I have breakfast at six o'clock. Can I have a look at that? I'm going to have some pizza and a beer right now.
  4. (auxiliary verb, taking a past participle) Used in forming the and the past perfect aspect. I have already eaten today. I had already eaten.
  5. (auxiliary verb, taking a to-infinitive) must. I have to go. Note: there's a separate entry for have to.
  6. (transitive) To give birth to. The couple always wanted to have children. My wife is having the baby right now! My mother had me when she was 25.
  7. (transitive) To engage in sexual intercourse with. He's always bragging about how many women he's had.
  8. (transitive) To accept as a romantic partner. Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me.
  9. (transitive with bare infinitive) To cause to, by a command, request or invitation.
    • 2002, Matt Cyr, Something to Teach Me: Journal of an American in the Mountains of Haiti, Educa Vision, Inc., ISBN 1584321385, {{gbooks}}: His English is still in its beginning stages, like my Creole, but he was able to translate some Creole songs that he's written into English—not the best English, but English nonetheless. He had me correct the translations. That kind of thing is very interesting to me. When I was learning Spanish, I would often take my favorite songs and try to translate them.
    They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
  10. (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To cause to be. He had him arrested for trespassing. The lecture's ending had the entire audience in tears.
  11. (transitive with bare infinitive) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.) The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week. I've had three people today tell me my hair looks nice.
  12. (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To depict as being. Their stories differed; he said he'd been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening. Anton Rogan, 8, was one of the runners-up in the Tick Tock Box short story competition, not Anton Rogers as we had it.The Guardian.
  13. Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag question. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below) We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we? Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she? (UK usage) He has some money, hasn't he?
  14. (British, slang) To defeat in a fight; take. I could have him! I'm gonna have you!
  15. (Irish) To be able to speak a language. I have no German.
  16. To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of. Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
  17. To be afflict with, to suffer from, to experience something negative He had a cold last week. We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.
  18. To trick, to deceive You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.
  19. (transitive, often with present participle) To allow.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2 "You're a very naughty boy. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times. I won't have you chasing the geese!"
Interrogative auxiliary verb have ...? (third-person singular has ...?, third-person singular negative hasn't ...? or has ... not?, negative for all other persons, singular and plural haven't ...? or have ... not?); in each case, the ellipsis stands for a pronoun
  • Used with a following pronoun to form tag question after statements that use "have" to form the perfect tense or (in UK usage) that use "have" in the present tense. “We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we?” “Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she?” “I'd bet that student hasn't studied yet, have they?” “You've known all along, haven't you?” “The sun has already set, has it not?” (UK usage) “He has some money, hasn't he?” (see usage notes below)
  • This construction forms a tag that converts a present perfect tense sentence into a question. The tag always uses an object pronoun substituting for the subject. Negative sentences use has or have, distinguished by number. Affirmative sentences use the same followed by not, or alternatively, more commonly, and less formally, hasn't or haven't. (See ).
  • In American usage, this construction does not apply to present tense sentences with has or have, or their negations, as a verb; it does not apply either to the construction "have got". In those cases, use "does" or its negation instead. For example: "He has some money, doesn't he?" and "I have got enough time, don't I?" These constructions with "do", "does", "don't" or "doesn't" are considered incorrect in UK usage.
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have a bone in one's leg
verb: to have a bone in one's leg
  1. (British, informal) Used as a fatuous excuse to avoid doing something "Jimmy. Run along to the shop and get some potatoes." "No, I can't. I've got a bone in my leg."
have a finger in
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  1. (informal) To be concerned or involved in.
have a go
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  1. (intransitive, informal) To make an attempt; to try. I've never tried karate before, but I'm willing to have a go.
  2. (intransitive, informal, idiomatic, UK) To attack (physically). I heard you had a go at Jack the other night. Yes, we had a go.
    • 2004, Lars Saabye Christensen, Kenneth Steven, The Half Brother, page 314: But there were occasions when someone or other had a go — when I was going to have a drink from the fountain, for instance, and had to stand on tiptoe at the side to reach the jet of water. Then it was that the clever dogs saw their chance to do something tough atmy expense [...]
  3. (intransitive, informal, idiomatic, UK) To tell off (especially unnecessarily or excessively), to criticise. My teacher had a go at me earlier, just for missing one sodding homework. I was fuming.
    • 2008, Stella Duffy, Mouths of Babes, page 10: Except her dad had a go last time, the last time she'd brought home a detention slip for him to sign.
  • 2008, John Chalmers, The Lady on the Rocks, page 27: 'Yes, me and Marty had a go when he didn't believe me about the girl.'
have a hard-on for
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  1. (US, slang) To have an irrational, or abnormal fixation or preoccupation with; to have a fetish (sense 3) for.
have a look-see
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, informal, idiomatic) Take a look. I’ve had a look-see at your work, and I think you’ve done a pretty good job of things.
Synonyms: take a look-see
have a nice day
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  1. Used other than as an idiom: have, a, nice, day
    • 2011, Josh Linkner, Disciplined Dreaming (page 99) "Oh great, dear; have a nice day at the playground."
  2. (US) Goodbye.
Synonyms: HAND, (goodbye) have a good one, have a great one
  • is used as a salutation similar in meaning to goodbye.
  • is a commonly spoken valediction, typically spoken by service employees or clerks to customers at the end of a transaction, particularly in North America. This repetitious and dutifully polite usage has resulted in the phrase developing a cultural connotation as a stereotypical display of impersonality, disinterest, or passive-aggressive behavior.
  • The related form have a good evening is more common at night.
have a pop at
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  1. (UK, slang, transitive) To attack or start a fight with something or someone. I called this guy gay, and then he had a pop at me.
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have a wank
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  1. (vulgar, usually of a man) to masturbate I'd like to have a wank if you'd just get out of my room. David has a wank every day at about 4 in the afternoon. I'm sure he's off having a wank for the third time in the past hour. If the boss hasn't had a wank today, I'd say he could use one. I'm sure the stick up his ass would be useful in that case.
have been in the wars
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  1. (UK, Australian, humorous) To have been seriously hurt, or greatly damaged. I can see that battered old hat of yours has been in the wars.
have fun
interjection: have fun!
  1. Used to wish somebody a good and enjoyable time when they're about to do something.
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  1. To enjoy oneself.
  2. To attract opposite sex attention. Blondes have more fun.
have I got news for you
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  1. (rhetorical, often, humorous or ironic) Used to announce a fact of which the addressee was, or appeared to be, ignorant. You think your neighbours are noisy? Well, have I got news for you: I've been living next door to a nightclub for six years.
have more chins than a Chinese phone book etymology
  • A pun on the word "chin," from the commonness of the Chinese surname "Chin," with the same pronunciation. The phrase was likely popularized by the American comic .
Alternative forms: to have more chins than a Chinese phonebook
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  1. (humorous) To be exceedingly fat, especially under the chin (as in a "double chin").
    • 1981, Gerald Clarke, "Show Business: The Long Way to Broadway," , Mar. 30, 1981: "This woman has more chins than a Chinese phone book," says Comedian Joan Rivers in a not at all funny pay cable television special.
    • 1995, Doug Robinson, "How about replacing rosters with these subs?," , Feb 25, 1995, section D: Our leadoff hitter has more chins than a Chinese phone book.
    • 2004, Andy Kessler, Running Money: Hedge Fund Honchos, Monster Markets and My Hunt for the Big Score, HarperCollins, ISBN 0060740647, {{gbooks}}: My friend, Hank Zona, used to nod his head in someone's direction and whisper, "That guy has more chins than a Chinese phone book."

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