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


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  1. (informal, nonstandard) alternative form of haven't
have on Alternative forms: have someone on
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  1. (UK, colloquial, transitive) To trick or deceive deliberately; to play a prank on. Are you having me on?
  2. To wear. She has on a nice red shirt and skinny jeans.
have one's ears lowered
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  1. (idiomatic, humorous, dated) To get a haircut.
    • 2006 June 25, "Cutting to the Chase at Barber Shop," New York Daily News: When you need a haircut, you go to a barber, so here I am at Tommy's Bronxville's tonsorial prepared to get clipped. Or, as we said as kids, have my ears lowered.
have one's head screwed on Alternative forms: have one's head screwed on right, have one's head screwed on straight, have one's head screwed on the right way
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) To be a sensible thinker capable of making sound decisions.
have one's head up one's ass
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) To be totally oblivious to one's surroundings
This phrase is often used as an insult to describe a person as idiotic or unaware.
have one's tubes tied
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  1. (idionatic, colloquial, medicine) To undergo a tubal ligation. My sister had her tubes tied after her fifth pregnancy.
have someone by the balls
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To exercise total control over someone.
    • November 13 2012,, ‘Dexter’ Recap: ‘Chemistry’ Angel Batista immediately makes the connection that Quinn has been banging Nadia, a stripper working for Isaac’s people. Quinn adamantly denies that he would steal evidence and then storms into the strip club to demand that Nadia be set free. Unfortunately, they have him by the balls because they could kill Nadia at any moment and destroy Quinn’s police career once and for all if they revealed his tampering with evidence.
    • 2004, Mark A. Roeder, Someone is Watching page 138 I feared what was to come. I was knuckling under to my blackmailer. It was a sure sign of weakness. If he didn't already, he'd know he had me by the balls as soon as he saw me wearing the shirt.
    • 1992, Ani DiFranco, I'm No Heroine You think I wouldn't have himUnless I could have him by the ballsYou think I just dish it outYou don't think I take it at all
Synonyms: have someone by the short and curlies, have someone by the short hairs, have someone over a barrel
have someone by the short and curlies
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) to exercise total control over someone.
Synonyms: have someone by the balls, have someone by the short hairs, have someone over a barrel
have someone going
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. Used other than as an idiom: See [[have#Verb|have]], [[go#Verb|go]] She had him going around in circles. Grandpa had Johnny going shopping for him.
  2. (colloquial) To temporarily convince someone of a falsehood. You had me going for a minute there when you said Jimmy Wales had been asking for me.
  3. (colloquial) To cause someone to be excited, aroused, or upset. When he was lying still on the field, he really had me going. I was afraid he was dead.
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have someone on Alternative forms: have on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, AU, NZ, colloquial) To trick or deceive deliberately; to play a prank.
have the painters in
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  1. (UK, slang, euphemistic) To menstruate.
have tickets on oneself
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Australia, New Zealand, derogatory) To be conceited.
    • 1975, Valerie Elliston, Coward′s Paradise, [http//|herself|themselves%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22tickets+on+himself|herself|themselves%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SgZ7T6PDDKeTiAeFpojjAg&redir_esc=y page 149], Lucy didn′t blame him for having tickets on himself. Anybody who got out of the flats deserved to have tickets on himself. One day her Brian was going to have tickets on himself.
    • 2005, , The Latham Diaries, [http//|herself|themselves%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SgZ7T6PDDKeTiAeFpojjAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22tickets%20on%20himself|herself|themselves%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 204], Little Swannie has got big tickets on himself.
    • 2007 June 19, Ben Doherty, "Lawyer died as he lived," , "Our nickname for him was "Tickets", because he had tickets on himself," Mr Thompson said. "He was a good sportsman, but he also loved to tell us how good he was."
have to Alternative forms: hafta (informal, nonstandard) pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhæv.tuː/ (formal)
  • (US) /ˈhæf.tu/ (formal)
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  • (UK) /ˈhæf.tə/ (relaxed pronunciation)
phrase: {{head}}
  1. Must; need to; to be required to. Indicates obligation.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.”
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    exampleI just have to have that shirt;  you have to wear a seat belt
  2. (with be) Must (logical conclusion). examplethat has to be the postman;  it has to be an electrical fault
have to is always followed by a bare infinitive verb, unless the verb is assumed: I don't want to go to school, but I have to. Synonyms: gotta, got to, have got to, be bound to, gotta, got to, have got to
have Van Gogh's ear for music {{was wotd}} etymology Van Gogh (a painter, not a musician) is famed for cutting off his own ear. The phrase is attributed to Billy Wilder.
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  1. (humorous) To be tone-deaf.
    • 1970, Tom Wood, The bright side of Billy Wilder, primarily After listening to Cliff Osmond, a huge, 225-pound actor, rehearse a song he was to sing as part of his role in Kiss Me, Stupid, Billy observed, not unkindly, "You have Van Gogh's ear for music."
    • 2006, Stephen Murray, Darin Jewell, Dirty Laundry (page 2) … some inebriated idiot belting out a karaoke number thinking that he or she is perfectly in tune and the rest of the audience is somehow captivated by the performance — most of them have Van Gogh's ear for music.
    • 2011, Joseph O'Connor, Cowboys and Indians (page 148) Brian had Van Gogh's ear for music. When Clint told him that he said, 'Hey, that's great, thanks Clint,' like it was a compliment.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, computing) hacks, hacking, or something done by a hacker. OMG, hax! That player just ran through a solid wall.
  2. (chiefly Pokémon) Game deciding luck based events in battles The third critical hit in a row! You only win because of hax!
hay {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Middle English hey, from Old English hīġ, hīeġ, from Proto-Germanic *hawją (compare Western Frisian hea, Dutch hooi, German Heu), from *hawwaną. More at hew. pronunciation
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  1. (uncountable) Grass cut and dried for use as animal fodder.
    • Camden Make hay while the sun shines.
    • C. L. Flint Hay may be dried too much as well as too little.
  2. (countable) Any mix of green leafy plants used for fodder.
  3. (slang) Cannabis; marijuana.
    • 1947, William Burroughs, letter, 19 Feb 1947: I would like some of that hay. Enclose $20.
  4. A net set around the haunt of an animal, especially a rabbit. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (obsolete) A hedge.
  6. (obsolete) A circular country dance. to dance the hay
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut grasses or herb plants for use as animal fodder.
  2. To lay snare for rabbit. {{rfquotek}}
related terms:
  • bale
  • straw
etymology 2 From the sound it represents, by analogy with other letters such as kay and gay. The expected form in English if the h had survived in the Latin name of the letter "h", . pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The name of the letter for the h sound in Pitman shorthand.
related terms:
  • aitch, the name of the Latin letter for this sound
  • AYH
  • yah
  • YHA
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (agriculture) A person or machine which harvest or prepare tall grass for use as animal fodder.
    • 1853, , The Heir of Redclyffe, ch. 7, A long rank of haymakers—men and women—proceeded with their rakes, the white shirt-sleeves, straw bonnets, and ruddy faces, radiant in the bath of sunshine.
  2. (informal, fisticuffs) A particularly powerful punch, especially one which knocks down an opponent, thrown like a scythe chop for cutting hay, as agricultural haymakers used to have strong arms.
    • 1997, George Church, "Newt's Day of Deliverance," Time, 20 Jan., The saga of Newt Gingrich's ethics suddenly resembles a brawl between blindfolded boxers who flail away so wildly that each lands a haymaker on his own jaw.
  3. (figuratively, by extension) Any decisive blow, shock, or forceful action.
    • 2007, Shawn Tully, "Private equity: End of the golden age?,", 18 Jun. (retrieved 10 Sep. 2008), The real potential haymaker for the industry is a proposal, now gaining support in Congress, that would tax the profits private equity reaps on selling companies not at the low cap gains rate, but at the regular income tax rate.
haze {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hase pronunciation
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etymology 1
  • The earliest instances are of the latter part of the 17th century.
  • Possibly {{back-form}}
  • Compare Old Norse höss, akin to Old English hasu. {{R:Webster 1913|haze}}
{{rfv-etymology}}Origin unknown; there is nothing to connect the word with Old English hasu, haso.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Very fine solid particles (smoke, dust) or liquid droplets (moisture) suspended in the air, slightly limiting visibility.
    • 1772 December, James Cook, , vol. 1 ch. 2: Our hopes, however, soon vanished; for before eight o'clock, the serenity of the sky was changed into a thick haze, accompanied with rain.
    • 1895, H.G. Wells, : A blue haze, half dust, half mist, touched the long valley with mystery.
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  2. (uncountable) A reduction of transparency of a clear gas or liquid.
  3. An analogous dullness on a surface that is ideally highly reflective or transparent. exampleThe soap left a persistent haze on the drinking glasses. exampleThe furniture has a haze, possibly from some kind of wax.
  4. (uncountable, figuratively) Any state suggestive of haze in the atmosphere, such as mental confusion or vagueness of memory.
    • 1957, Daphne du Maurier, , ISBN 081221725X, page 218: In my haze of alcohol, I thought for one crazy instant that he had plumbed my secret.
    • A History of the Concerto, page 312, Michael Thomas Roeder, 1994, “But these tasks are difficult for the recent history of the form, since our perceptions are clouded by the haze of historical proximity.”
    • Salem: Place, Myth, and Memory, page 179, Dane Anthony Morrison, Nancy Lusignan Schultz, 2005, “Because he chose to be "a citizen of somewhere else," we glimpse him now only "through the haze of memory."”
  5. (uncountable, engineering, packaging) The degree of cloudiness or turbidity in a clear glass or plastic, measured in percent.
    • 1998, Leonard I. Nass and Charles A. Heiberger, Encyclopedia of PVC , ISBN 0824778227, page 318: Haze is listed as a percent value and, typically, is about 1% for meat film.
  6. (countable, brewing) Any substance causing turbidity in beer or wine.
    • 1985, Philip Jackisch, Modern Winemaking , ISBN 0801414555, page 69: Various clarifying and fining agents are used in winemaking to remove hazes.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be hazy, or thick with haze. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Possibly from hawze, from Middle French haser
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, informal) To perform an unpleasant initiation ritual upon a usually non-consenting individual, especially freshmen to a closed community such as a college or military unit.
  2. To oppress or harass by forcing to do hard and unnecessary work.
    • 1920, , The Understanding Heart, Chapter I: … when the young man whirled his horse, “hazed” Jupiter in circles and belaboured him with a rawhide quirt, … He ceased his cavortings …
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  1. en-past of haze
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Affected by haze; hazy.
    • 1923, , (editor), Collected Scientific Papers of John Aitken, LL.D., F.R.S. With W., N.W., and N. winds the air is very clear, whereas from all other directions it is very much hazed. All winds from E. by S. to SW are nearly ten times more hazed than those from the NW quadrant.
    • 2004, Matthew McGuire, Dreams Of Hope, [http//|most+hazed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zgx7T8f_CrGciAeE1LzaAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20hazed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 37], The images of reality become more and more hazed, more and more dim. Hibernation pulls him away. Floating, the nightmare returns.
    • 2008, A. J. Hampton, Hostile Devotions, [http//|most+hazed%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=zgx7T8f_CrGciAeE1LzaAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20hazed%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], As she rocked against him, she couldn′t stop watching his murky eyes grow even more hazed.
  2. (of a photograph) Clouded, especially due to accidental exposure to light.
  3. (Australia, slang) Drunk.
etymology 1 Abbreviation of half pronunciation
  • (UK) /heɪ/
{{abbreviation-old}}: ha'
  1. (British, colloquial) Abbreviated form of half.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of half pronunciation
  • (GP) /hæ/
verb: {{head}}
  1. (archaic) Alternate spelling of a ("have")
  • ah , Ah, AH
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. initialism of Hansestadt Bremen The German city of Bremen. (Used on licence plates and informally in other contexts.) Let's meet in HB tomorrow.
related terms:
  • HH: Hansestadt Hamburg (Hanseatic city of Hamburg)
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. hard black (describing a pencil that makes lighter marks than a grade B, but darker marks than a grade H pencil)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A hot babe, someone pickup artist try to seduce. (Usually followed by a number in the 1-10 scale of physical beauty, e.g. HB5 or HB10.)
  • BH
etymology 1 From Middle English he, from Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe- 〈*ḱe-〉, *ḱey- 〈*ḱey-〉. Cognate with Scots he, Northern Frisian hi, Saterland Frisian hie, Western Frisian hy, Dutch hij, ie, German Low German he. Related to here. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈhiː/, unstressed /hi/, /i/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /hi/
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pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (personal) A male person or animal already known or implied.
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises Though Bane’s sing-song voice gives his pronouncements a funny lilt, he doesn’t have any of the Joker’s deranged wit, and Nolan isn’t interested in undercutting his seriousness for the sake of a breezier entertainment.
  2. (personal, dated, sometimes proscribed, see usage notes) A person whose gender is unknown.
  3. (personal) An animal whose gender is unknown.
  • He was traditionally used as both a masculine and a gender-neutral pronoun, but since the mid 20th century generic usage has often been considered sexist and limiting.{{}}''When Words Collide: A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style'' (2007, ISBN 0495050253) It is deprecated by some style guides, such as Wadsworth.''The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 2009 MLA Update Edition'' (ISBN 1439081816), page 81: [A]void using the generic ''he'' or ''him'' when your subject could be either male or female. [...] '''Sexist:''' Before boarding, each passenger should make certain that he has his ticket. / '''Revised:''' Before boarding, passengers should make certain that they have their tickets. In place of generic he, writers and speakers may use he or she, alternate he and she as the indefinite person in their work, use the singular they, or rephrase their sentences to use plural they.
Synonyms: (person whose gender is unknown) he or she, he/she, s/he, they, or , (animal whose gender is unknown) it
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The game of tag, or it, in which the player attempting to catch the others is called "he".
  2. (informal) A male person. Alex totally is a he.
etymology 2 Transliteration of various Semitic letters, such as Phoenician scPhnx, Hebrew scHebr and Syriac scSyrc. Alternative forms: hay, hei, hey pronunciation
  • /heɪː/
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  1. The name of the fifth letter of many Semitic alphabets (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
    • 1658, The same number in the Hebrew mysteries and Cabalistical accounts was the character of Generation; declared by the Letter He, the fifth in their Alphabet — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 210)
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  • eh eH, EH
head {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: heed (obsolete), hed (obsolete) etymology From Middle English hed, heed, heved, heaved, from Old English hēafod, from Proto-Germanic *haubudą, from Proto-Indo-European *kauput-, *kaput, a variant of *kapōlo. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Scots heid, hede, hevid, heved, Old English hafola, Northern Frisian hood, Dutch hoofd, German Haupt, Swedish huvud, Icelandic höfuð, Latin caput, Sanskrit कपाल 〈kapāla〉, Hindi कपाल 〈kapāla〉, and (through borrowing from Sanskrit). {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
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  1. (countable) The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth{{,}} and main sense organs. exampleBe careful when you pet that dog on the head; it may bite.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Afore we got to the shanty Colonel Applegate stuck his head out of the door. His temper had been getting raggeder all the time, and the sousing he got when he fell overboard had just about ripped what was left of it to ravellings.”
    1. (people) To do with heads.
      1. Mental or emotional aptitude or skill. exampleThe company is looking for people with good heads for business. exampleHe has no head for heights.
      2. Mind; one's own thought. exampleThis song keeps going through my head.
        • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 1 , ““Anthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke…whom the papers are making such a fuss about.””
      3. A headache; especially one resulting from intoxication.
        • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Thrown Away’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2005 edition, page 18, he took them seriously, too, just as seriously as he took the ‘head’ that followed after drink.
      4. A headdress; a covering for the head. examplea laced head;   a head of hair
      5. An individual person. exampleAdmission is three dollars a head.
    2. (animals) To do with heads.
      1. (uncountable, measure word for livestock and game) A single animal. example200 head of cattle and 50 head of horses example12 head of big cattle and 14 head of branded calves exampleat five years of age this head of cattle is worth perhaps $40 examplea reduction in the assessment per head of sheep examplethey shot 20 head of quail
      2. The population of game. examplewe have a heavy head of deer this year;  planting the hedges increased the head of quail and doves
      3. The antler of a deer.
  2. (countable) The topmost, foremost, or leading part. exampleWhat does it say at the head of the page?
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 10 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.”
    1. The end of a table.
      1. The end of a rectangular table furthest from the entrance; traditionally considered a seat of honor. exampleDuring meetings, the supervisor usually sits at the head of the table.
      2. (billiards) The end of a pool table opposite the end where the balls have been rack.
    2. (countable) The principal operative part of a machine or tool.
      1. The end of a hammer, axe, golf club{{,}} or similar implement used for striking other objects.
      2. The end of a nail, screw, bolt{{,}} or similar fastener which is opposite the point; usually blunt and relatively wide. exampleHit the nail on the head!
      3. The sharp end of an arrow, spear{{,}} or pointer. exampleThe head of the compass needle is pointing due north.
      4. (lacrosse) The top part of a lacrosse stick that holds the ball.
      5. (music) A drum head, the membrane which is hit to produce sound. exampleTap the head of the drum for this roll.
      6. A machine element which reads or writes electromagnetic signals to or from a storage medium. exampleThe heads of your tape player need to be cleaned.
      7. (computing) The part of a disk drive responsible for reading and writing data.
      8. (automotive) The cylinder head, a platform above the cylinder in an internal combustion engine, containing the valve and spark plug.
    3. The foam that forms on top of beer or other carbonated beverage. examplePour me a fresh beer; this one has no head.
    4. (engineering) The end cap of a cylindrically-shaped pressure vessel.
    5. (British, geology) Deposits near the top of a geological succession.
    6. (medicine) The end of an abscess where pus collects.
    7. (music) The headstock of a guitar.
    8. (nautical) A leading component.
      1. The top edge of a sail.
      2. The bow of a vessel.
    9. (British) A headland.
  3. (social, countable) A leader or expert.
    1. The place of honour, or of command; the most important or foremost position; the front. exampleThe king sat at the head of the table.
      • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) an army of fourscore thousand troops, with the duke Marlborough at the head of them
    2. Leader; chief; mastermind. exampleI'd like to speak to the head of the department. examplePolice arrested the head of the gang in a raid last night.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , ““I don't know how you and the ‘head,’ as you call him, will get on, but I do know that if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. What I won't stand is to have them togs called a livery.…””
    3. A headmaster or headmistress. exampleI was called into the head's office to discuss my behaviour.
    4. (music, slang) A person with an extensive knowledge of hip hop. exampleOnly true heads know this.
  4. A significant or important part.
    1. A beginning or end, a protuberance.
      1. The source of a river; the end of a lake where a river flows into it. exampleThe expedition followed the river all the way to the head.
      2. A clump of seed, leave or flower; a capitulum. exampleGive me a head of lettuce.
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        1. An ear of wheat, barley, or other small cereal.
      3. (anatomy) The rounded part of a bone fitting into a depression in another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint.
      4. (nautical) The toilet of a ship. exampleI've got to go to the head.
      5. (in the plural) Tiles laid at the eaves of a house. {{rfquotek}}
    2. A component.
      1. (jazz) The principal melody or theme of a piece.
      2. (linguistics) A morpheme that determines the category of a compound or the word that determines the syntactic type of the phrase of which it is a member.
  5. Headway; progress. exampleWe are having a difficult time making head against this wind.
  6. Topic; subject. exampleWe will consider performance issues under the head of future improvements.
  7. (uncountable) Denouement; crisis. exampleThese isses are going to come to a head today.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Ere foul sin, gathering head, shall break into corruption.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) The indisposition which has long hung upon me, is at last grown to such a head, that it must quickly make an end of me or of itself.
  8. (fluid dynamics) Pressure and energy.
    1. A buildup of fluid pressure, often quantified as pressure head. exampleLet the engine build up a good head of steam.
    2. The difference in elevation between two points in a column of fluid, and the resulting pressure of the fluid at the lower point.
    3. More generally, energy in a mass of fluid divided by its weight.
  9. (slang, uncountable) Fellatio or cunnilingus; oral sex. exampleShe gave great head.
  10. (slang) The glans penis.
  11. (slang, countable) A heavy or habitual user of illicit drug.
    • 1936, Lee Duncan, Over The Wall, Dutton Then I saw the more advanced narcotic addicts, who shot unbelievable doses of powerful heroin in the main line – the vein of their arms; the hysien users; chloroform sniffers, who belonged to the riff-raff element of the dope chippeys, who mingled freely with others of their kind; canned heat stiffs, paragoric hounds, laudanum fiends, and last but not least, the veronal heads.
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    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster, page 177, The hutch now looks like a “Turkish bath,” and the heads have their arms around one another, passing the pipe and snapping their fingers as they sing Smokey Robinson's “Tracks of My Tears” into the night.
  12. (obsolete) Power; armed force.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) My lord, my lord, the French have gathered head.
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Synonyms: (part of the body) caput; (slang) noggin, (slang) loaf, (slang) nut, (slang) noodle, (slang) bonce, (mental aptitude or talent) mind, (mental or emotional control) composure, poise, (topmost part of anything) top, (leader) boss, chief, leader, (headmaster, headmistress) headmaster {{g}}, headmistress {{g}}, principal (US), (toilet of a ship) lavatory, toilet, (top of a sail), (foam on carbonated beverages), (fellatio) blowjob, blow job, fellatio, oral sex, (end of tool used for striking), (blunt end of fastener), See also
  • (topmost part of anything) base, bottom, underside
  • (leader) subordinate, underling
  • (blunt end of fastener) point, sharp end, tip
  • To give something its head is to allow it to run freely. This is used for horses, and, sometimes, figuratively for vehicles.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head.
  2. Foremost in rank or importance.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 19 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.”
    examplethe head cook
  3. Placed at the top or the front.
  4. Coming from in front. examplehead sea;   head wind
Synonyms: (foremost in rank or importance) chief, principal, (placed at the top or the front) first, top
  • (coming from in front) tail
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  1. (transitive) To be in command of. (See also head up.) Who heads the board of trustees? to head an army, an expedition, or a riot
  2. (transitive) To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball
  3. (intransitive) To move in a specified direction. We are going to head up North for our holiday. We will head off tomorrow. Next holiday we will head out West, or head to Chicago. Right now I need to head into town to do some shopping. I'm fed up working for a boss. I'm going to head out on my own, set up my own business. How does the ship head?
  4. (fishing) To remove the head from a fish. The salmon are first headed and then scaled.
  5. (intransitive) To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.
    • Adair A broad river, that heads in the great Blue Ridge.
  6. (intransitive) To form a head. This kind of cabbage heads early.
    • Anne Raver, Gandhi Gardening, Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures, New York, N.Y., Alfred A. Knopf, 1995, 978-0-307-82840-8, “To be honest, this hasn't been my Garden of Eden year. … The lettuce turned bitter and bolted. The Green Comet broccoli was good, but my coveted Romanescos never headed up.”
  7. To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head. to head a nail {{rfquotek}}
  8. To cut off the top of; to lop off. to head trees
  9. (obsolete) To behead; to decapitate. {{rfquotek}}
  10. To go in front of; to get in the front of, so as to hinder or stop; to oppose; hence, to check or restrain. to head a drove of cattle; to head a person; the wind heads a ship
  11. To set on the head. to head a cask
related terms:
  • ahead
  • knucklehead
  • railhead
  • smackhead
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  • DHEA, hade
headache {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English hevedeche, from Old English hēafodeċe, equivalent to head + ache. pronunciation
  • /ˈhɛdeɪk/
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  1. A pain or ache in the head.
  2. (figurative) A nuisance or unpleasant problem. The clumsy filing system has been a huge headache.
Synonyms: (physical pain) cephalalgia, (annoyance) bother, pain in the neck
  • hemicrania
  • migraine
  • megrim
  • tension headache
head and ears
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  1. (informal) With the whole person; deeply; completely. to be head and ears in debt or in trouble
headbutt {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: head butt, head-butt etymology From head + butt. pronunciation
  • /ˈhɛdbʌt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sharp blow delivered by driving the head into an opponent or object, generally by lowering the head and charging forward or by rapidly tilting the head backward and then forward.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To deliver a sharp blow by driving the head into an opponent or object.
  • butthead
headcase Alternative forms: head-case, head case etymology head + case
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A mentally unbalanced, unpredictable person, especially one who displays aggressive behavior.
    • 2004, Sean Gregory, "Full-Court Stress," Time, 5 Apr.: "A stockbroker doesn't have 80,000 people sitting behind him just waiting for a mistake," says Jim Fassel, whom fans serenaded with "Fire Fassel!" chants during his final weeks as head coach of the New York Giants last season. "It can drive you crazy." From head coach to head case in three easy steps.
header {{wikipedia}} etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
  • /ˈhɛdə/, /ˈhɛdɚ/
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  1. The upper portion of a page (or other) layout. If you reduce the header of this document, the body will fit onto a single page.
  2. Text, or other visual information, used to mark off a quantity of text, often titling or summarizing it. Your header is too long; "Local Cannibals" will suffice.
  3. Text, or other visual information, that goes at the top of a column of information in a table. That column should have the header "payment status".
  4. (informal) A font, text style, or typesetting used for any of the above. Parts of speech belong in a level-three header. Level-two headers are reserved for the name of the language.
  5. a brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall or within the brickwork with the short side showing; compare stretcher This wall has four header courses.
  6. a horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening
  7. a machine that cut the head off of grain etc They fed the bale into the header.
  8. (soccer) the act of hitting the ball with the head His header for the goal followed a perfect corner kick.
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  9. a headlong fall or jump The clown tripped over the other clown and took a header.
  10. (computing) the first part of a file or record that describes its contents The header includes an index, an identifier, and a pointer to the next entry.
  11. (networking) the first part of a packet, often containing its address and descriptors The encapsulation layer adds an eight-byte header and a two-byte trailer to each packet.
  12. A raised tank that supplies water at constant pressure, especially to a central heating and hot water system
  13. A pipe which connects several smaller pipes. Common practice is to use plastic pipes with iron headers.
Synonyms: (text used to mark off a quantity of text) head, heading, (brick that is laid sideways) bonder, coping, cope, (horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening) lintel
related terms:
  • body
  • footer
  • head
  • heading
  • layout
  • table
  • table cell
  • adhere
  • hedera
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) Anything confusing, that interferes with the usual functioning of the brain.
Synonyms: brainfuck (vulgar), mindfuck (vulgar), mindscrew
headfuckery etymology headfuck + ery? head + fuckery?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Material that destabilize or confuse the mind.
    • 2009, Chuck Klosterman, Inventory: 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists ...postmodern weirdness into the minds of impressionable little tykes — and the few savvy adults who quickly seized on the show's embedded headfuckery.
Synonyms: mindfuckery
related terms:
  • headfuck
  • mindfuck
head game
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  1. (informal) An attempt to psychologically intimidate someone
headies etymology head (from the notion that it gives a head high) + ie + s (possibly either genitive or plural).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) High-grade marijuana.
Synonyms: kine bud, kine bud, KB, KBs, heads
coordinate terms:
  • mersh, regs, schwag
  • mids, middies
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A bright light, with a lens and reflector, on the front of a motor vehicle (or originally a train), designed to illuminate the road when driving at night; normally one of a pair.
  2. (US, slang, vulgar, chiefly, in the plural) A woman's breast.
  3. (Canada, slang, vulgar, chiefly, in the plural) A woman's erect nipple, partially masked by clothing.
  4. (US, slang, chiefly, in the plural) A jewel; especially a diamond.
  5. (US, slang, chiefly, in the plural) Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
Synonyms: (motor vehicle light) headlamp, (breast) See also ., (nipple) See also .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of head man
  2. (informal) headmaster The headman came and talked to me.
related terms:
  • hetman
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative, slang) Someone who performs fellatio
Synonyms: blowjob, cunnilingus, cocksucker
headphones etymology head + phone
noun: {{wikipedia}} headphones {{g}}
  1. A pair of speaker worn over or in the ears so only the wearer can hear the sound.
Synonyms: (slang) can
heads pronunciation
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etymology 1 Plural of head.
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  1. A shouted warning that something is falling from above, mind your heads.
Synonyms: (warning) heads up, fore, timber
noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. plural of head
  2. (nautical) That part of older sailing ship forward of the forecastle and around the beak, used by the crew as their lavatory; still used as the word for toilet on a ship.
  3. The side of a coin that bears the picture of the head of state or similar Heads, I win.
  4. abbreviation for headphones. Pass me the heads, I wanna listen.
  5. (Irish, legal) Draft scheme of a bill before it is formally introduced to a parliament
    • 2000s "How Irish statutes were made" Queens University Belfast: Until the session of 1782 bills could only (under Poynings’ Law) begin in the Irish privy council. However, informal legislative initiatives, known as ‘heads of bills’, began regularly in the houses of parliament.
    • 2012 Department of Justice and Equality "Government Publishes Proposed Amendments to Anti Money-Laundering Law" Dublin, 6 June 2012: The Heads of the Bill are being published to enable consultation with relevant sectors on the proposed changes prior to the detailed drafting of the Bill.
  • (side of coin): tails
etymology 2
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of head
etymology 3 head (from the notion that it gives a head high) + s (possibly either genitive or plural).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) High-grade marijuana.
Synonyms: kine bud, kine bud, KB, KBs, headies
coordinate terms:
  • mersh, regs, schwag
  • mids, middies
  • ashed, Hades, hades, shade
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous) psychiatrist
head-shrinker etymology Presumably, patients and clients feel as though their heads are being shrunk.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A psychiatrist or psychotherapist; a shrink.
  2. Literally, one who shrinks heads, as previously done by some Amazon tribes.
Synonyms: shrink
headspace etymology head + space
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The space between the top of the content of a container (such as a jar) and its seal (such as a lid).
  2. (informal) One's mental state.
    • 1996, Andrew Cowan, Common Ground It's like, I need to clear my headspace but I can't do that with him around because he's just ego, you know? He dumps on me. So that's it.
  3. (firearms) The gap between the face of the bolt and the stopping surface for the cartridge.
head start
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  1. (idiomatic) An advantage consisting in starting a competition or task earlier than might be expected; given (or taken), for example, prior to the beginning of a race. Fred gave his younger brother a five minute head start in the Easter egg hunt. I want to set off at dawn to get a head start over the competition.
  2. (idiomatic) A factor conducive to superiority and success. His father's money gave him a head start in life.
Synonyms: forestart
head-the-ball etymology From the supposed effect of repeatedly heading a football
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  1. (idiomatic, chiefly, Scottish, Irish, Liverpool, slang) a stupid person; a nutcase
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  1. (nonstandard, humorous, gaming slang) plural of healee
health warning
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An official edict that a particular substance or activity is dangerous. The law requires a health warning on packets of cigarette.
  2. (colloquial) An indication or admission that an opinion might be biased. As I am a member of that political pary, my views must come with a health warning.
heaps pronunciation
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  1. plural of heap
  2. A large amount.
    • 2005, Lesley Brown (translator), (author), Sophist, 245e: And heaps of objections, all of them involving countless difficulties, are going to face anyone who says either that being is some two things or that it is only one.
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of heap
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Very much, a lot I love him heaps.
  • ephas
  • phase
  • shape
hear {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English heren, from Old English hēran, hȳran, hīeran, from Proto-Germanic *hauzijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ḱh₂owsyé- 〈*h₂ḱh₂owsyé-〉, from *h₂eḱ- 〈*h₂eḱ-〉 + *h₂ows- 〈*h₂ows-〉 + *yé- (denominative suffix). Compare Saterland Frisian heere, West Frisian hearre, Dutch horen, German hören, Danish høre, Icelandic heyra. From the same Proto-Indo-European root *h₂ḱh₂owsyé- 〈*h₂ḱh₂owsyé-〉, see Ancient Greek ἀκουστικός 〈akoustikós〉, from which English acoustic. pronunciation
  • (UK) /hɪə(ɹ)/
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  1. (intransitive) To perceive sounds through the ear. {{defdate}} exampleI was deaf, and now I can hear.
  2. (transitive) To perceive (a sound, or something producing a sound) with the ear, to recognize (something) in an auditory way. {{defdate}} exampleI heard a sound from outside the window.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.”
  3. (transitive) To exercise this faculty intentionally; to listen to. {{defdate}}
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Gospel of John X: Agayne there was dissencion amonge the iewes for these sayinges, and many of them sayd: He hath the devyll, and is madde: why heare ye hym?
    • 1935, [ George Goodchild] , Death on the Centre Court, 3 , “It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me. […]””
  4. (transitive) To listen favourably to; to grant (a request etc.). {{defdate}} exampleEventually the king chose to hear her entreaties.
  5. (transitive) To receive information about; to come to learn of. {{defdate}}
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost: Adam, soon as he heard / The fatal Trespass don by Eve, amaz'd, / Astonied stood and Blank [...].
  6. (transitive) To listen to (a person, case) in a court of law; to try. {{defdate}} exampleYour case will be heard at the end of the month.
  7. (transitive, informal) To sympathize with; to share the feeling or opinion of. exampleYou're tired of all the ads on TV? I hear ya.
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  • hare
  • Hera
  • RHAe
  • rhea, Rhea
hearie etymology hear + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who can hear.
  • This term is used mainly in the Deaf community.
hearo {{rfc}} etymology From hear; modelled on earlier typo and perhaps other derivatives such as thinko, scanno.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Process of hearing something incorrectly; the mistake of thinking that a speaker uttered something other than what they did.
Synonyms: mishearing
heart {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hart, harte, hearte (all obsolete) etymology From Middle English herte, from Old English heorte, from Proto-Germanic *hertô, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr 〈*ḱḗr〉. Germanic cognates: see *hertô. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin cor, cordis, Greek καρδιά 〈kardiá〉, Welsh craidd, Irish croí, Armenian սիրտ 〈sirt〉, Russian се́рдце 〈sérdce〉, Lithuanian širdis and Albanian kërthizë. pronunciation
  • (RP) /hɑːt/
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  1. (anatomy) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, traditionally thought to be the seat of emotion.
  2. (uncountable) Emotions, kindness, moral effort, or spirit in general. The team lost, but they showed a lot of heart.
    • The Tutor's Daughter, page 266, , “In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.”
    • 2008, "Rights trampled in rush to deport immigrant workers," Quaker Action (magazine), vol. 89, no. 3, page 8: "We provided a lot of brains and a lot of heart to the response when it was needed," says Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC's Immigrants' Voice Program in Des Moines.
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    • Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. (Antoine de Saint Exupéry, , 1943)
  3. The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, etc.; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; usually in a good sense. a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart
  4. Courage; courageous purpose; spirit.
    • Milton Eve, recovering heart, replied.
    • Sir W. Temple The expelled nations take heart, and when they fly from one country invade another.
  5. Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad.
    • Dryden That the spent earth may gather heart again.
  6. (obsolete) A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address.
    • Shakespeare I speak to thee, my heart.
  7. A conventional shape or symbol used to represent the heart, love, or emotion: or sometimes <3.
    • 1998, Pat Cadigan, Tea From an Empty Cup, page 106: "Aw. Thank you." The Cherub kissed the air between them and sent a small cluster of tiny red hearts at her.
  8. A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols.
  9. The centre, essence, or core. The wood at the heart of a tree is the oldest. Buddhists believe that suffering is right at the heart of all life.
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    • 1899, , The Strong Arm, ch. 3: At last she spoke in a low voice, hesitating slightly, nevertheless going with incisive directness into the very heart of the problem.
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  • Japanese: ハート 〈hāto〉
  • Korean: 하트 〈hateu〉
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, poetic or humorous) To be fond of. Often bracketed or abbreviated with a heart symbol.
    • 1905, Capt. James, William Wordsworth (editor), Poems and Extracts, I heart to pray their bones may rest in peace
    • 2001 April 6, Michael Baldwin, "The Heart Has Its Reasons", Commonweal We're but the sum of all our terrors until we heart the dove.
    • 2006, Susan Reinhardt, Bulldog doesn't have to rely on the kindness of strangers to draw attention, I guess at this point we were supposed to feel elated she'd come to her senses and decided she hearts dogs after all.
    • 2008 January 30, "Cheese in our time: Blur and Oasis to end feud with a Stilton", The Guardian (London) The further we delve into this "story", the more convinced we become of one thing: We heart the Goss.
    • 2008 July 25, "The Media Hearts Obama?", On The Media, National Public Radio
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage.
    • Shakespeare My cause is hearted; thine hath no less reason.
  3. (transitive, masonry) To fill an interior with rubble, as a wall or a breakwater.
  4. (intransitive, agriculture, botany) To form a dense cluster of leaves, a heart, especially of lettuce or cabbage.
Synonyms: (to be fond of) love, less than three
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  • Earth, earth, hater, rathe, rehat, Terah
hear the end of something
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To cease to be told about, or nagged because of, something. If I spilled wine on their new carpet, I'd never hear the end of it.
  • Generally used in the negative, with won't, will never, etc.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A heartsink patient.
  • antshrike
heartsink patient etymology From the idea that the patient's approach makes the doctor's heart sink in dread.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A recur patient who cannot be definitive cure, such as one whose condition is undiagnosable or untreatable or who presents nebulous symptoms.
heartstopper etymology heart + stopper
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  1. (informal) Something highly exciting.
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heat {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English hete, from Old English hǣte, hǣtu, from Proto-Germanic *haitį̄, from Proto-Indo-European *kÀit-. Cognate with Scots hete, Northern Frisian hiet, Old High German heizī. Related also to Dutch hitte, German Hitze, Swedish hetta, Icelandic hita.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Thermal energy.
    • 2007, James Shipman, Jerry Wilson, Aaron Todd, An Introduction to Physical Science: Twelfth Edition, pages 106–108: Heat and temperature, although different, are intimately related. [...] For example, suppose you added equal amounts of heat to equal masses of iron and aluminum. How do you think their temperatures would change?…if the temperature of the iron increased by 100 C°, the corresponding temperature change in the aluminum would be only 48 C°.
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    exampleThis furnace puts out 5000 BTUs of heat.&nbsp;&nbsp; That engine is really throwing off some heat.&nbsp;&nbsp; Removal of heat from the liquid caused it to turn into a solid.
  2. (uncountable) The condition or quality of being hot. exampleStay out of the heat of the sun!
  3. (uncountable) An attribute of a spice that causes a burning sensation in the mouth. exampleThe chili sauce gave the dish heat.
  4. (uncountable) A period of intensity, particularly of emotion. exampleIt's easy to make bad decisions in the heat of the moment.
  5. (uncountable) An undesirable amount of attention. exampleThe heat from her family after her DUI arrest was unbearable.
  6. (uncountable, slang) The police. exampleThe heat! Scram!
  7. (uncountable, slang) One or more firearm.
    • Lucifer's hammer‎, page 508, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, 1983, “You carrying heat?" "You saw me unload the pistol," Hugo said. "It's in the waistband. And the kitchen knife. I need that for eating.”
    • The Teeth of the Tiger‎, page 62, Tom Clancy, 2004, “Evidently, he wasn't carrying heat with him at the time." "Civilized place like Rome, why bother?" Granger observed.”
    • Pride of the Bimbos, page 187, John Sayles, 2005, “Pogo Burns is not a guy who likes to be threatened with a rifle. Especially when it's for no good reason. You never show heat unless you plan to use it.”
    • Summer People, page 234, Brian Groh, 2007, “"I should have brought some heat for you." "Heat?" "A burner, man, a gun."”
    • The Night Stalker, page 92, James Swain, 2008, “Both were carrying heat, and I slipped their pieces into my pants pockets.”
  8. (countable, baseball) A fastball. exampleThe catcher called for the heat, high and tight.
  9. (uncountable) A condition where a mammal is aroused sexually or where it is especially fertile and therefore eager to mate. exampleThe male canines were attracted by the female in heat.
  10. (countable) A preliminary race, used to determine the participants in a final race exampleThe runner had high hopes, but was out of contention after the first heat.
  11. (countable) One cycle of bringing metal to maximum temperature and working it until it is too cool to work further. exampleI can make a scroll like that in a single heat.
  12. (countable) A hot spell. exampleThe children stayed indoors during this year's summer heat.
  13. (uncountable) Heating system; a system that raises the temperature of a room or building. exampleI'm freezing; could you turn on the heat?
  14. (uncountable) The output of a heating system. exampleDuring the power outage we had no heat because the controls are electric.&nbsp;&nbsp; Older folks like more heat than the young.
etymology 2 From Middle English heten, from Old English hǣtan, from Proto-Germanic *haitijaną.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cause an increase in temperature of an object or space; to cause something to become hot (often with &quot;up&quot;). I'll heat up the water.
  2. To excite or make hot by action or emotion; to make feverish.
    • Shakespeare: Pray, walk softly; do not heat your blood.
  3. To excite ardour in; to rouse to action; to excite to excess; to inflame, as the passions.
    • Dryden: A noble emulation heats your breast.
  4. To arouse, to excite (sexually). The massage heated her up.
Synonyms: stoke, warm up, heat up; hot up, hot
  • eath, haet, hate, heta, Thea
heat death of the universe
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  1. (informal, physics) entropic doom
heater {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device that produces and radiates heat, typically to raise the temperature of a room or building. Turn on the heater; I'm cold.
  2. (dated, slang) A gun. The thug pumped two rounds from his heater into her.
  3. (baseball, slang) A fastball. Jones threw a heater under his chin.
  4. (gambling, slang) An extended winning streak. Emmy went on a heater in Las Vegas and came back six thousand dollars richer.
  • aether, æther, hearte, hereat, reheat
heathcropper etymology heath + cropper
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  1. (slang, archaic) A farm animal, particularly a wild pony, kept to graze on the heath, particularly associated with Wessex.
    • Thomas Hardy, Domicilium: / Would fly about our bedrooms. Heathcroppers / Lived on the hills, and were our only friends: /
Heathrow injection pronunciation
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, colloquial) The phenomenon of rapid weight gain experienced by a non-British person upon settling in London, attributed to a busy schedule encouraging the consumption of convenience food.
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    • 2006, Kevin McCallum. In Search of South Africa's Perfect Woman, Two Dogs, 20062006, ISBN 1920137041, page 164: For instance, I had a girlfriend who had just come back from England and was still recovering from the Heathrow injection.
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heave-ho Alternative forms: heave ho pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˌhiːvˈhoʊ/
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  1. exclamation used when pull, especially by sailor while pulling on a rope
    • 1837, Nathaniel Hawthorne, "A Bell's Biography", The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales Heave ho! up they hoisted their prize, dripping with moisture, and festooned with verdant water-moss.
related terms:
  • yo-heave-ho
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  1. A cry of heave-ho. He gives the wrestler the old heave-ho, but he's got not enough heave and too much ho!
  2. (informal) A rejection, a force removal (often in the phrase give/get the (old) heave-ho)
    • 2002, Days of our Lives (TV, August 8) Why would you think I'm still seeing Colin Murphy? I gave him the heave-ho, remember?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) to pull forceful
    • 1840, Richard Henry Dana, Two Years Before the Mast They were heave-ho-ing, stopping and unstopping, pawling, catting, and fishing, for three hours;
heaven {{wikipedia}} etymology From a wide variety of Middle English forms including heven, hevin, heuen{{,}} and hewin, from Old English heofon, of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots hevin, hewin, Low German heven, osx heƀan, and possibly the rare Icelandic and Old Norse hifinn, probably dissimilated forms of the Germanic root which appears in Old Norse himinn, Gothic 𐌷𐌹𐌼𐌹𐌽𐍃 〈𐌷𐌹𐌼𐌹𐌽𐍃〉, Old Swedish himin, Old Danish himæn and probably also (in another variant form) osx himil, odt himil (modern Dutch hemel){{,}} and Old High German himil (German Himmel). Accepting these as cognates, some scholars propose a further derivation from Proto-Germanic *himinazGerhard Köbler, ''Altenglisches Wörterbuch'', entry "heofon" or *himilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *k(')emen-, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱem- 〈*ḱem-〉. Such a derivation would make the word cognate with shame. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /hɛvn/''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Heaven, n."
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈhɛvən/ and {{enPR}}, /hɛvn/
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  1. The sky, specifically:
    1. (dated, now usually plural) The distant sky in which the sun, moon, and star appear or move; the firmament; the celestial sphere.
      • 1535, Coverdale Bible, Ecclesiastes III 1: All that is vnder the heauen.
      • 1585, Thomas Washington translating Nicholas de Nicolay, The nauigations, peregrinations and voyages, made into Turkie by Nicholas Nicholay, I vi 4: The ordinaunce...made such a great noyse and thunderyng that it seemed the heaven would have fallen.
      • 1594, Thomas Blundeville, M. Blundeuile his Exercises, I iii 136: In ascending orderly vpwardes...The first is the Spheare of the Moon...The seuenth the Spheare of Saturn, The eight the Spheare of the fixed Starres, commonly called the firmament. The ninth is called the second moueable or Christall heauen, The tenth is called the first moueable, and the eleuenth is called the Emperiall heauen, where God and his Angels are said to dwell.
      • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, The Comedie of Errors, I i 66: What obscured light the heauens did grant.
      • 1625, Nathanæl Carpenter, Geography delineated forth in two bookes, I iv 77: The Heauens...are carried in 24 houres from East to West.
      • 1656, Thomas Stanley, The History of Philosophy, II v 74: Stars and constellations; some fixed for the Ornament of Heaven
      • 1930 March, Nature, 179 2: The moon's path lies in that belt of the heavens known as the zodiac.
      • 1981, E.R. Harrison, Cosmology, XII 250: In an infinite...universe the stars would collectively outshine the Sun and flood the heavens with light far more intense than is observed.
      • 2006, Peter Carroll translating a maxim of the Southern Song dynasty in Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895–1937: Above is Heaven, Below are Suzhou and Hangzhou
    2. (obsolete) The near sky in which weather, flying animal, etc. appear; (obsolete) the atmosphere; the climate.
      • {{circa}} Wycliffe's Bible, Job XXXV 11: The bestis of the erthe...the foulis of heuene
      • 1581, George Pettie translating Stefano Guazzo, Ciuile Conuersation, I 26: Everie...Countrie, by the nature of the place, the climate of the Heaven, and the influence of the starres hath certain vertues.
      • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, The comicall Historie of the Merchant of Venice, IV i: The qualitie of mercie is not ſtraind,it droppeth as the gentle rain from heauenvpon the place beneath
      • 1660, George Mackenzie, Religio Stoici, II 44: Fellow-believers...fed the birds of heaven with the carcases of pious and reverend Church-men.
    3. (obsolete) A model display the movement of the celestial bodies, an orrery.
      • 1600, Thomas Nashe, Summers Last Will: Euery man cannot, with Archimedes, make a heauen of brass.
  2. (religion) The abode of God or the gods, traditionally conceived as beyond the sky; especially:
    1. (Christianity, usually capitalized) The abode of God and of the angel and saint in His presence.
      • 1560, Geneva Bible, XII 7–8: And there was a battel in heauen. Michael & his Angels foght againſt the dragon, and the dragon foght & his Angels. But they preuailed not, nether was their place found anie more in heauen.
      • 1644, Samuel Rutherford, Lex, Rex: The Law and the Prince, V 16: Conſider firſt that the ſaith... Kings are not immediatly from God, as by any ſpeciall Ordinance ſent from Heaven by the miniſtery of Angels and Prophets, there were but ſome few ſuch, as Moſes, Saul, David, etc.
      • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 263: Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.
      • 1906 July 30, Washington Post, 12 4: Christ's coming from the heavens has entered into the life of humanity as the Founder of the world to come.
    2. (religion, by extension, often capitalized) The abode of the Abrahamic God; similar abode of the gods in other religion and tradition, such as Mount Olympus.
      • {{circa}}, Geoffrey Chaucer, The House of Fame, 164: Venus...Doun fro the heven gan descend.
      • {{circa}} Wycliffe's Bible, VII 18: Thei make sweet cakis to the quen of heuene [Astarte]
      • 1594, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, IV iii 41: With Ioue in heauen, or some where else.
      • 1649, Alexander Ross translating the Sieur Du Ryer, The Of , Translated out of the Arabique into French... newly Englished, 406: As he [Muhammad] was returning, in the fourth Heaven, Moses advised him to go back to God.
      • 1832, Charles Coleman, The Mythology of the Hindus, XIII 220: Like the Buddhas, they [the Jain] believe that there is a plurality of heavens and hells.
      • 1841, Mountstuart Elphinstone, The History of India, I ii iv 169: The heaven of Siva is in the midst of the eternal snows and glaciers of Keilás, one of the highest and deepest groups of the stupendous summits of Hémaláya.
      • 2011, Lillian Tseng, Picturing Heaven in Early China, 2: To grasp the Chinese's notion of Heaven, we must look at the contexts in which tian is used... In the Book of Odes (Shi jing 詩經), which includes poems dated between the eleventh and seventh centuries BCE, tian is a place where the Heavenly Thearch resides.
    3. (by extension, usually capitalized) Providence, the will of God or the council of the gods; fate.
      • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, All's Well, that Ends Well, III iv: ...he cannot thriue,Vnlesse her prayers, whom heauen delights to hearAnd loues to grant, repreeue him from the wrathOf greatest Iustice.
      • 1611, King James Bible, iv 26: After that thou shalt haue knowen that the heauens do rule.
      • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 212: ...The willAnd high permission of all-ruling Heaven.
      • 1793, Henry Boyd, Poems, II iv 270: Heaven commands thine armTo lift the sure-destroying sword!
      • 1886 May 8, The Pall Mall Gazette, 1 1: ...executing the just judgment of offended Heaven upon cattle-hougher, traitors, and assassins.
      • 1992, W.S. Wilson translating E. Yoshikawa, Taiko, II 186: There's nothing we can do but pray to heaven for good luck.
      • 2011, Lillian Tseng, Picturing Heaven in Early China, 3: Cosmologists regarded Heaven as a force—composed of qi , which was divided into yin and yang aspects—that kept the cosmos moving.
  3. (religion) The afterlife of the blessed dead, traditionally conceived as opposed to an afterlife of the wicked and unjust (compare hell); specifically:
    1. (Christianity, Islam) The afterlife of the soul who are not sent to a place of punishment or purification such as hell, purgatory, or limbo; the state or condition of being in the presence of God after death.
      • 1544, Richard Tracy, A supplycacion to our moste soueraigne lorde Kynge henry the eyght Kynge of England of Fraunce and of Irelande, C: Teache the people to get heuen with fastynge.
      • 1597, William Shakespeare, The tragedie of King Richard the second, I i 41 43: ...what I speakMy body shall make good vpon this earth,Or my diuine soul answer it in heauen.
      • 1611, King James Bible, IV 14: Wee haue a great high Priest, that is passed into the heauens.
    2. (religion, by extension, often capitalized) The afterlife of the blessed dead in other religion and tradition, such as the Pure Land or Elysium.
      • 2011, Lillian Tseng, Picturing Heaven in Early China, 3: The belief in ascending to Heaven after death became widespread in the Han dynasty.
    3. (by extension) Any paradise; any blissful place or experience.
      • {{circa}} William Langland, Piers Plowman, B x 300: If heuene be on þis erthe...It is in cloister or in scole.
      • 1600, William Shakespeare, A Midsommer Nights Dreame, II i 243: Ile follow thee and make a heauen of hell.
      • 1660 November 14, a speech in the House of Commons in W. Cobbett, Parl. Hist. (1808), IV 145: England, that was formerly the heaven, would be now the hell for women.
      • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 254–255: The mind is its own place, and in it selfCan make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
      • 1782, F. Burney, Cecilia, I iii iv 51: Such a shop as that...would be quite a heaven upon earth to me.
      • 1940, H.G. Wells, Babes in Darkling Wood, II iii 198: They thought strikes and hunger marches the quintessence of politics and Soviet Russia heaven on earth.
    4. (by extension) A state of bliss; a peaceful ecstasy.
      • {{circa}} Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, II l 826: It an heuene was hire voys to here.
      • 1550, J. Heywood, Dialogue Prov. Eng. Tongue, II vii: Husbandes are in heauen...whose wiues scold not.
      • 1809 October 26, William Wordsworth, Friend, 163: Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!
    5. (informal, with a modifier) Similarly blissful afterlives, place, or state for particular people, animal, or object.
      • 1867, J.W. De Forest, Miss Ravenel's Conversion, XXVI 368: Perhaps it has gone to the dog heaven, and is wagging somewhere in glory.
      • 1879 February, J. H. Payne, Scribner's Monthly, 470 2: His pet name for Easthampton is ‘Goose-heaven’, and he harps upon the idea eternally.
      • 1908 October 5, Chicago Tribune, 3 1: One gray beard who found the gates closed shinned up the fifteen foot fence...and dropped into the baseball heaven he was seeking.
      • 1972, M. Sanders, Flash: The Dave Clark 5 deserve a place in Rock & Roll Heaven right along there beside Question Mark & The Mysterians, the Standells, Count Five, the Troggs, and the Music Machine.
      • 1986 February 3, Newsweek, 70: The building was once a candy factory, which makes it, Frazier says, mouse heaven.
      • 2003 August 1, Church Times, 28 3: Ricky bumps it into the garden, and tells me it is going to ‘the cooker heaven’. ‘Where it will be this size,’ adds his wife, her hands making the size of a brick. She means that it is off to the squasher.
      • 2004 July 17, Western Mail (Cardiff), 15: Goronwy has gone to goldfish heaven where he is swimming in a beautiful clear blue ocean with all the other fishies.
Frequently capitalized as 'Heaven' in all senses when regarded as a proper name. When used as a synonym for the impersonal sky, the word has typically been plural ("heavens" or "the heavens") since the 17th century, except in poetry. Synonyms: (sky) firmament, sky; welkin (obsolete), (paradise) paradise, (entrance to heaven) pearly gates, (blissful place or experience) delight, dream, paradise
  • (paradise) hell
  • (blissful place or experience) horror, nightmare
verb: {{en-verb}}''Oxford English Dictionary''. "Heaven, v."
  1. (obsolete) To transport to the abode of God, the god, or the blessed.
    • 1614, Thomas Adams, The divells banket described in sixe sermons, II 81: He heauens himself on earth, & for a litle pelfe cousens himself of bliss.
  2. (obsolete) To beatify, enchant, or please greatly.
    • 1924 April 13, Observer, 12 4: They ['s Tales]...enraptured the public and heavened Murray.
  3. (obsolete) To beautify, to make into a paradise.
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  • Nevaeh
heaveno etymology From hello, substituting heaven for the letters "hell". Coined by Leonso Canales Jr., who lobbied to have it designated the "official greeting" of Kleberg County, Texas, USA in January 1997.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (neologism, rare, mostly humorous) hello
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heaven on a stick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Something that is extremely pleasing or attractive.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of heave
  2. (colloquial) A period of retch. I have the dry heaves, I rather just throw up and get it over with.
  3. A disease of horse characterized by coughing and difficult breathing.
related terms:
  • dry heaves
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of heave
  • sheave
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of heave
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) crowded with people
    • 2006, Tim Downie, "Ride Report: Bealach-na-Ba", uk.rec.cycling Kinlochewe was heaving with cyclists and their vehicles on Saturday morning but somehow, the organisers had found space for everyone and the main roads were kept clear.
    • 2006, "Krusty", "Krusty's Holiday",, The pool was heaving with screaming kids. By contrast the beach was virtually deserted, apart from the one day a cruise ship docked & a group of about 10 people appeared.
    • 2007, "Jamie", "Hyde Park Calling 2007", "classic rock magazine readers", At this time it was pissing down and by the time Joe Satriani cam on the tent was heaving with people just coming in to keep dry.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An occasion on which something heave or is heaved
  • haveing
etymology 1 From Middle English hevy, heviȝ, from Old English hefiġ, hefeġ, hæfiġ, from Proto-Germanic *habīgaz, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- 〈*keh₂p-〉, equivalent to heave + y. Cognate with Scots hevy, havy, heavy, Dutch hevig, gml hēvich, German hebig (compare heftig), Icelandic höfugur, Latin capāx. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhɛvi/
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  1. (of a physical object) Having great weight.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.…A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.”
  2. (of a topic) Serious, somber.
  3. Not easy to bear; burdensome; oppressive. heavy yokes, expenses, undertakings, trials, news, etc.
    • Bible, 1 Sam. v. 6 The hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ashdod.
    • Shakespeare The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make.
    • Wordsworth Sent hither to impart the heavy news.
  4. (British, slang, dated) Good. exampleThis film is heavy.
  5. (dated, late 1960s, 1970s, US) Profound. exampleThe Moody Blues are, like, heavy.
  6. (of a rate of flow) High, great.
  7. (slang) Armed. exampleCome heavy, or not at all.
  8. (music) Louder, more distorted. exampleMetal is heavier than swing.
  9. (of weather) Hot and humid.
  10. (of a person) Doing the specified activity more intensely than most other people. exampleHe was a heavy sleeper, a heavy eater and a heavy smoker - certainly not an ideal husband.
  11. (of food) High in fat or protein; difficult to digest. exampleCheese-stuffed sausage is too heavy to eat before exercising.
  12. Of great force, power, or intensity; deep or intense.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Chapter IV The surf was not heavy, and there was no undertow, so we made shore easily, effecting an equally easy landing.
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    exampleit was a heavy storm;&nbsp; a heavy slumber in bed;&nbsp; a heavy punch
  13. Laden to a great extent. examplehis eyes were heavy with sleep;&nbsp; she was heavy with child''
  14. Laden with that which is weighty; encumbered; burdened; bowed down, either with an actual burden, or with grief, pain, disappointment, etc.
    • Chapman The heavy [sorrowing] nobles all in council were.
    • Shakespeare A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
    • William Browne Seating himselfe within a darkesome cave, / (Such places heavy Saturnists doe crave,) / Where yet the gladsome day was never seene …
  15. Slow; sluggish; inactive; or lifeless, dull, inanimate, stupid. a heavy gait, looks, manners, style, etc. a heavy writer or book
    • Shakespeare whilst the heavy ploughman snores
    • Dryden a heavy, dull, degenerate mind
    • Bible, Is. lix. 1 Neither [is] his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
  16. Impeding motion; cloggy; clayey. a heavy road; a heavy soil
  17. Not raised or leavened. heavy bread
  18. Having much body or strength; said of wines or spirits.
  19. (obsolete) With child; pregnant.
Synonyms: sweer/swear
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. heavily heavy laden with their sins
  2. (India, colloquial) very
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A villain or bad guy; the one responsible for evil or aggressive acts. With his wrinkled, uneven face, the actor always seemed to play the heavy in films.
  2. (slang) A doorman, bouncer or bodyguard. A fight started outside the bar but the heavies came out and stopped it.
  3. (aviation) A large multi-engined aircraft. The term heavy normally follows the call-sign when used by air traffic controllers.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (often with "up") To make heavier.
  2. To sadden.
  3. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) To use power and/or wealth to exert influence on, e.g., governments or corporations; to pressure. The union was well known for the methods it used to heavy many businesses.
    • 1985, Australian House of Representatives, House of Representatives Weekly Hansard, Issue 11, Part 1, [http//|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ckZ8T-nXG6vImAWHqNjzCw&redir_esc=y page 1570], …the Prime Minister sought to evade the simple fact that he heavied Mr Reid to get rid of Dr Armstrong.
    • 2001, Finola Moorhead, Darkness More Visible, Spinifex Press, Australia, [http//|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ukp8T_a3CKnumAWc6szxCw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 557], But he is on the wrong horse, heavying me. My phone′s tapped. Well, he won′t find anything.
    • 2005, David Clune, Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, 1856-2005, Volume 3: 1901-2005, [http//|%22heavying%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=40J8T-oO0dSYBaHrlO4L&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22heavied%22|%22heavying%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 421], But the next two days of the Conference also produced some very visible lobbying for the succession and apparent heavying of contenders like Brereton, Anderson and Mulock - much of it caught on television.
etymology 2 heave + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having the heaves. a heavy horse
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Hebe {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Ancient Greek Ἥβη 〈Hḗbē〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈhiːbi/
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proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Greek god) The goddess of youth, and a daughter of Zeus and Hera. Her Roman counterpart is Juventas[[Ovid]] does not detect a unity of Hera (Juno) and Hebe (Juventas): he opens ''[[Fasti]]'' via with a dispute between Juno and Juventas claiming patronage of the month of [[June]] ([ on-line text]).
  2. A given name
  3. (astronomy) Short for 6 Hebe, a main-belt asteroid.
etymology 2 Hebrew
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive) A Jew.
Synonyms: kike
  • heeb
he-bitch etymology he + bitch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive) A man who behaves obnoxious or promiscuous; a male bitch.
Synonyms: See also
hecka etymology A euphemism for hella, using heck, a euphemism for hell.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang) very
Synonyms: hella
  • Cheka, hacek, háček
heckuva etymology Written form of a of "Heck of a"
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Heck of a; extreme. They had a heckuva row over where to spend the weekend.
hed etymology Deliberately altered spelling of head, to distinguish the word as not belonging in the story. Compare lede.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (journalism, slang) The headline of a news story.
related terms:
  • unhed
  • edh
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  1. (colloquial) To fly low in an aircraft.
    • 1977, John Le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy, Folio Society 2010, p. 248: ‘He said he embarked on his journey for the Mainland, chickened out and hedge-hopped home over Laos ducking the radar screens.’
hedgie etymology hedge + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance, informal) A hedge fund trader.
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heeb Alternative forms: hebe, Hebe, Heeb etymology Abbreviation of Hebrew. pronunciation
  • /hiːb/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, derogatory, ethnic slur) A Jew.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 49: Most of the famous and up-and-coming performers of the day [...] were heebs, and the boys had the feeling that we should all stick together and not knock the big names of "our" race.
  • Hebe
hee-haw Alternative forms: heehaw etymology Onomatopoeic coinage.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The cry of an ass or donkey.
  2. (Scotland, slang) Nothing.
    • 2010, Grant Lauchlan, Daily Record, 30 Apr 2010: Apart from one cool fight sequence, she pretty much does hee-haw - just like Iron Man.
    • 2010, Bill Leckie, The Scottish Sun, 27 Sep 2010: People like Dick Advocaat, who knew hee-haw about Scottish football's history, set about whittling away little bits of our tradition on the grounds... well, let's be honest, that they were an inconvenience.
Synonyms: bray
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. The cry of an ass or donkey.
  • /ˈhiː.hɔ̰̃ː/ (♪: ˉˍ)
  • The cry of an ass or donkey.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To utter the cry of an ass or donkey.
heel {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /hiːl/
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  • {{homophones}} (in some dialects)
etymology 1 From Middle English hele, heel, from Old English hēla, from Proto-Germanic *hanhilaz (compare North Frisian hael, Dutch hiel, Danish hæl, Swedish häl), diminutive of Proto-Germanic *hanhaz. More at hock.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The rear part of the foot, where it joins the leg.
    • Denham He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then his speed, / His winged heels and then his armed head.
  2. The part of a shoe's sole which supports the foot's heel.
  3. The rear part of a sock or similar covering for the foot.
  4. (firearms) The back upper part of the stock.
  5. The last or lowest part of anything; as, the heel of a mast or the heel of a vessel.
    • A. Trollope the heel of a hunt
  6. (US, Ireland) A crust end-piece of a loaf of bread.
    • Sir Walter Scott the heel of the white loaf
  7. (US) The base of a bun sliced in half lengthwise.
    • 1996, Ester Reiter, Making Fast Food: From the Frying Pan Into the Fryer (page 100) The bottom half, or the bun heel is placed in the carton, and the pickle slices spread evenly over the meat or cheese.
  8. A contemptible, inconsiderate or thoughtless person.
  9. (slang, professional wrestling) A wrestler whose on-ring persona embodies villainous or reprehensible traits. Contrast with babyface.
    • 1992, Bruce Lincoln, Discourse and the Construction of Society (page 158) Freedman began his analysis by noting two important facts about professional wrestling: First, that heels triumph considerably more often than do babyfaces…
  10. (card games) The card set aside for later use in a patience or solitaire game.
  11. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a protuberance; a knob.
  12. (architecture) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or rafter. Specifically, (US), the obtuse angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
  13. (architecture) A cyma reversa; so called by workmen. {{rfquotek}}
  14. (carpentry) the short side of an angled cut
  15. (golf) The part of the face of the club head nearest the shaft.
  16. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the cylinder.
  • (angled cut in carpentry) toe
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To follow at somebody's heels; to chase closely.
  2. To add a heel to, or increase the size of the heel of (a shoe or boot).
  3. To kick with the heel.
  4. (transitive) To perform by the use of the heels, as in dancing, running, etc.
    • Shakespeare I cannot sing, / Nor heel the high lavolt.
  5. (transitive) To arm with a gaff, as a cock for fight.
  6. (golf, transitive) To hit (the ball) with the heel of the club.
  7. (football, transitive) To make (a fair catch) standing with one foot forward, the heel on the ground and the toe up.
etymology 2 Alteration of earlier heeld, from Middle English heelden, from Old English hyldan, hieldan, cognate with Old Norse hella ( > Danish hælde). More at hield.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To incline to one side, to tilt (especially of ship).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of inclining or canting from a vertical position; a cant. The ship gave a heel to port.
Synonyms: heeling
  • hele
heeler etymology heel + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gamecock that strikes well with its heel or spur.
  2. A quick runner.
    • 1891, Banjo Paterson, That a crowd of Sydney stealers, Jockeys, pugilists and spielers Brought some horses, real heelers, Came and put us through.
  3. (US, slang, politics, dated) A dependent and subservient hanger-on of a political patron.
    • The Century The army of hungry heelers who do their bidding.
  • reheel
heelie etymology heel + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (skateboarding, slang) heelflip
Heepster etymology Heep + ster, possibly as a play on hipster.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A fan of the English rock band Uriah Heep (band).
    • 2002, Dave Ling, Uriah Heep - Uncensored On the Record, Coda Books (2011), ISBN 9781908538581, unnumbered page: Dave White takes up the story: “The Heepsters on the Web are the Uriah Heep fans around the world, who use the internet to exchange messages and feelings about the wonderful and inspiring music of Uriah Heep. {{…}}
    • 2006, Anand Sankar, "Uriah Heep enthralls fans in city", The Hindu, 9 February 2006: "We will try to cover 35 years," was Uriah Heep's promise to all Heepsters who turned up on a chilly Bangalore evening to listen to them live after a gap of 22 years.
    • 2009, William Phillips & Brian Cogan, Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music, Greenwood Press (2009), ISBN 9780313348006, page 243: 16-minute epic featuring a 22-piece orchestra, and a lengthy guitar solo by Mick Box that many Heepsters (a term used by fans of the band to refer to each other) consider his finest performance, …
hefemale etymology he + female pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈhi.fimeɪl/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, usually, pejorative) A female-to-male transsexual or transgender person.
Synonyms: F2M, FtM, trans guy, transman
  • shemale
heft pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Old Norse hefð. Alternative forms: haft
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) Weight.
    • T. Hughes a man of his age and heft
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 5 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.”
  2. Heaviness, the feel of weight. exampleA high quality hammer should have good balance and heft.
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  3. (Northern England) A piece of mountain pasture to which a farm animal has become hefted.
  4. An animal that has become hefted thus.
  5. (West of Ireland) Poor condition in sheep caused by mineral deficiency.
  6. The act or effort of heaving; violent strain or exertion.
    • William Shakespeare He cracks his gorge, his sides, / With violent hefts.
  7. (US, dated, colloquial) The greater part or bulk of anything.
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    exampleThe heft of the crop was spoiled.
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  1. (transitive) To lift up; especially, to lift something heavy. He hefted the sack of concrete into the truck.
  2. (transitive) To test the weight of something by lift it.
  3. (transitive, Northern England and Scotland) (of a farm animal, especially a flock of sheep) To become accustomed and attached to an area of mountain pasture.
  4. (obsolete) past participle of to heave.
Synonyms: hoist
etymology 2 From German Heft.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A number of sheets of paper fastened together, as for a notebook.
  2. A part of a serial publication.
    • The Nation The size of hefts will depend on the material requiring attention, and the annual volume is to cost about 15 marks.
heifer etymology Middle English hayfare, hayfre, from Old English heahfore, compound of (1) *heag- (compare dialectal German Hagen, Hegel, Middle Dutch haechdroese, Old English hagan), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱak- 〈*ḱak-〉 (compare Sanskrit शक्नोति 〈śaknōti〉, Avestan ) and (2) -fore (compare English elver, fieldfare, Old English sceolfor).Anatoly Liberman, ''An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction'', s.v. “heifer” (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2008), 101-5. pronunciation
  • /ˈhɛfə(ɹ)/, /ˈhɛfɚ/
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  1. (zoology) A young cow, (particularly) one over one year old but which has not calve.
    • 1611, KJV, Numbers 19:1-2 exampleAnd the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.
  2. (obsolete) A wife.
    • 1616, Ben Jonson, Epicœne, Ch. ii., in Works, Vol. I, p. 549: exampleHer, whom I shall choose for my heicfar.
  3. (informal, depreciative, obsolete) A girl.
    • 1853, T.C. Haliburton, Sam Slick's Wise Saws, Vol. II., p. 282: exampleI have half a mind to marry that heifer, tho' wives are bothersome critters when you have too many of them.
  4. (informal, depreciative) A cow: a large, unattractive, unpleasant woman.
    • 2001, Glenda Howard, Cita's World exampleMy hand was aching to slap that silly heifer. I told her to take her trifling ass down to Burger King and get herself a job flipping burgers...
heightism etymology From height + ism
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  1. (informal) A prejudiced attitude about human height that often results in discrimination; based on the belief that short statured or unusually tall people are inferior and undesirable.
    • 1976: Robert Marsh Kloss, Ron E. Roberts, Dean S. Dorn, Sociology with a Human Face: Sociology as If People Mattered It is obvious that the dimensions of inequality could be extended to include a great many differences such as heightism where people who are taller are superior to people who are shorter, and so forth.
    • 2001: James C. Peterson, Genetic Turning Points: The Ethics of Human Genetic Intervention There might be reinforcement of already harmful social evils such as heightism and racism.
    • 2005: Betty M. Adelson, The Lives of Dwarfs: Their Journey from Public Curiosity Toward Social Liberation Given this background, how can dwarfs, beset by beautyism, heightism, and a succession of slights, move toward positive body images and self-esteem?
Heinie etymology From Heinrich + ie.
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  1. (US) A diminutive form of Heinrich, or its English cognate Henry, sometimes applied to a person of (real or supposed) German heritage.
    • 1999, William Martin Anderson, The Detroit Tigers, page 48, Henry "Heinie" Manush,[] yet another outfield prospect, joined the Tigers in 1923, having impressed management with his outstanding Western League batting average of .375 the previous season. Major league pitching proved no mystery to Heinie either, as he connected for a .334 batting average in 1924, his freshman season.
    • 2010, Wayne Mausser, Chicago Cubs Facts and Trivia, Third Edition, page 27, Heinie[] played with the Cubs from 1907 thru 1916, as a third baseman.
    • 2011, Warren Trest, Donald B. Dodd, Wings of Denial: The Alabama Air National Guard's Covert Role at the Bay of Pigs, page 27, Lieutenant Colonel Harry C. “Heinie” Aderholt,[] who was born and raised in Birmingham, had been with the CIA since the Korean War and now commanded clandestine air operations out of Okinawa and Thailand. Heinie Aderholt knew most of the Alabama Guard pilots.
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  1. (US, slang) A German, especially a German soldier.
    • 2005, John B. Babcock, Taught to Kill, page 99, "Let's go get them heinies, Sergeant," I challenged, with forced good cheer.
    • 2009, John Wayne Gorman, Dorothy Gorman Yundt, Patrick Quinn, Compass: U.S. Army Ranger, European Theater, 1944-45, page 58, The Heinies had run off. We were suspicious; the boys were a little nervous because in a hedgerow we didn't know where our friends and foes were. Suddenly Bud said, “Damn, there's a Heinie over there. There's his helmet!”
    • 2009, Sonya Jason, Maria Gulovich, OSS Heroine of World War II, page 131, At the outcry of “Heinies!" Gaul jumped out of the window and bolted for the woods.
heinie etymology From a corruption of *, for *, equivalent to hind + ie. pronunciation
  • /ˈhaɪni/
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  1. (slang) The buttocks.
    • 1992, , The First Wives Club, page 200, She had spent enough time kissing heinies to wear her lips right off. And Shelby Symington didn't like kissing heinies. Down in Atlanta, where she was from, people used to line up to kiss hers.
    • 2001, Stephen Coonts, America: Jake Grafton, Book 9, 2013, unnumbered page, “I hope you're right,” Jake said, “because if you aren't “Jacob Lee Grafton, we've been betting our heinies for a lot of years. One more big bet won't make any difference.”
    • 2007, Sarah Mayberry, Hot for Him, page 68, But Leandro simply could not reconcile himself to the thought of her taking all the risk to save both their heinies.
Heinz 57 etymology From the "57 Varieties" slogan used by the pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhaɪnz ˌfɪf.ti ˌsɛv.ən/
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  1. (of a thing) A complete mix; containing parts of many different origins.
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  2. (of a person or animal, chiefly, a dog, informal) Having ancestry of many different origins; to be of mixed race or breed
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Synonyms: (all senses) hodgepodge, (of a person) mixed race, (of a dog) mutt
  • (of a dog) purebred, pedigree
heirhead etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) The foolish heir to a large fortune.
    • 2000, Weekly World News (volume 22, number 8, 14 November 2000, page 12) St. Andrews — in case you're not up on such weighty matters — is the hoity-toity school where the heirhead they call Wills (ain't that cute) will soon begin studying for his history of art degree.
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heist etymology Pronunciation variation of hoist pronunciation
  • /ˈhaɪst/
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  1. A robbery or burglary, especially from an institution such as a bank or museum.
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  2. (slang) A heist film: a film whose plot centers around an attempt robbery.
    • 2008 March 6, Robert Wilonsky, "Fast and Loose", volume 32 number 10, page 28, The Bank Job is also the first proper Jason Statham movie since his days banging about in Guy Ritchie's early heists.
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  1. (transitive) To steal, rob{{,}} or hold up (something).
  • seith
  • shite
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  1. (South Africa, informal) hello; hi
    • 2008, Ben Trovato, Ben Trovato's Art of Survival (page 51) I can hear the conversation: "Heita, bra. Let's go. We don't need bullets."
helichopper etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish, nonstandard) helicopter
    • 2002, Patricia Daniels Cornwell, Isle of Dogs "I yelled up at all them helichoppers."
    • 2008, Kelly McKain, Fairy for a Day "Is it really true what you said about flying to school?" "Uh, yes, because, uh . . ." Bluebell paused to think of a human-sounding answer, as Katie had taught her. "Because my dad's very rich; he's got a helichopper," she finished.
helicopter etymology Borrowing from French hélicoptère, from Ancient Greek ἕλιξ 〈hélix〉 + πτερόν 〈pterón〉. pronunciation
  • (AusE) /ˈheliˌkɔptə(ɹ)/
  • (UK) /ˈhɛl.iˌkɒp.tə(ɹ)/, /ˈhɛl.ɪˌkɒp.tə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈhɛlɨˌkɑptɚ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An aircraft that is borne along by one or more sets of long rotating blades which allow it to hover, move in any direction including reverse, or land; and having a smaller set of blades on its tail that stabilize the aircraft. We flew over the city in a helicopter.
  2. a powered trowel machine with spinning blades used to spread concrete.
  3. a winged fruit of certain trees, such as ash, elm, and maple
Synonyms: (aircraft) chopper (informal), copter (informal), eggbeater (slang), rotary-wing aircraft (technical), whirlybird (slang), (trowelling device) power trowel, trowel machine, (winged fruit) samara, whirlybird
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To transport by helicopter.
  2. (intransitive) To travel by helicopter.
  3. To rotate like a helicopter blade. helicoptering his jacket, helicoptering his arms, helicoptering his penis
hell {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (Christianity) Hell, hel (17th century), helle etymology From Middle English helle, from Old English hel, hell, helle, from Proto-Germanic *haljō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- 〈*ḱel-〉. Cognate Dutch hel, German Hölle, Swedish helvete, Icelandic hel. Also related to the Hel of Germanic mythology. See also hele. pronunciation
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  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death Do Muslims believe that all non-Muslims go to hell?
  2. (Abrahamic religions, uncountable) The place where devil live and where sinner are torture after death May you rot in hell!
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke.
Synonyms: (euphemisms for Christian place for damned souls after death) Hades, heck, infernal region, inferno, netherworld, underworld, (Mormonism) Spirit Prison
  • (in Abrahamic religions, uncountable) heaven
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  1. (countable, hyperbole) A place or situation of great suffering in life. My new boss is making my job a hell. I went through hell to get home today.
    • 1879, General William T. Sherman, commencement address at the Michigan Military Academy There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
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  2. (countable) A place for gambling.
    • W. Black a convenient little gambling hell for those who had grown reckless
    • 1907, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent … the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; …
  3. An extremely hot place. You don't have a snowball's chance in hell.
  4. Used as an intensifier in phrases grammatically requiring a noun I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more. What the hell is wrong with you? He says he's going home early? Like hell he is.
  5. (obsolete) A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type. {{rfquotek}}
  6. In certain game of chase, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention.
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  1. (impolite, sometimes considered vulgar) Used to express discontent, unhappiness, or anger. Oh, hell! I got another parking ticket.
  2. (impolite, sometimes considered vulgar) Used to emphasize. Hell, yeah!
hella {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Related to "a hell of a". Originally slang. Also helluv. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈhɛ.lə/
determiner: {{en-det}}
  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) Intensifier, signifies an abundance of a thing; much or many. There are hella people here.
Synonyms: (intensifier; much or many) mad
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  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) a lot; or, a hell of a lot. We paid hella for that Chinese cuisine.
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  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) Intensifier (modifies verbs); to a large extent; totally; very much. I can't tell you how much I hella love the new track. Jane was driving away, and the door was open, so I hella ran for it. Oh, today's Cyrell's bday. We hella sang her happy birthday at the spot.
  2. (slang, chiefly Northern California) Intensifier (modifies adjectives); to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly. I guess she seems hella stoned in her commercial. I've been a Star Wars fan since I was hella young.
    • 2014, , "": "And to the fella over there / With the hella good hair / Won't you come on over, baby / We can shake, shake, shake"
Synonyms: (extremely, modifies adjectives) wicked (North East US)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) For sure; totally; hell yeah; used as a strong affirmation of something that was just said, accomplished, or revealed. "We definitely rocked that shit man!" "Hella!"
related terms:
  • hecka (bowdlerization)
  • helluv
  • helluva
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etymology 2 Shortened form, or elision, of phrases like "hell have", approximating casual speech in writing.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (nonstandard) Hell have. Where the hella you been?
hellacious etymology A blend of hell and audacious.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. nasty, repellent
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  2. (slang) remarkable, unbelievable, unusual
related terms:
  • hellaciously
hell and tommy
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  1. (UK, slang, mildly, blasphemous) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
helldesk etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) help desk
hell no Alternative forms: Hell no!
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) Used when expressing firm disagreement. Will you mow the lawn? Hell no!
hello Alternative forms: hallo, hilloa (obsolete), hullo (UK) etymology hello (first attested in 1833), from holla, hollo (attested 1588). This variant of hallo is often credited to as a coinage for telephone use, but its appearance in print predates the invention of the telephone by several decades. Ultimately from a variant of Old English ēalā, such as hēlā, which was used colloquially in that time similarly to how "hey" or "hi" is used nowadays. Thus, equivalent to a compound of hey and lo. Possibly influenced by the Old High German and osx verb halon, holon, akin to English hale or hail. More at hallo. pronunciation
  • (UK) /həˈləʊ̯/, /hɛˈləʊ̯/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /hɛˈloʊ̯/, /həˈloʊ̯/
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interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A greeting (salutation) said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence. exampleHello, everyone.
  2. A greeting used when answering the telephone. exampleHello? How may I help you?
  3. A call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have been disconnected. exampleHello? Is anyone there?
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 7 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “I made a speaking trumpet of my hands and commenced to whoop “Ahoy!” and “Hello!” at the top of my lungs. … The Colonel woke up, and, after asking what in brimstone was the matter, opened his mouth and roared “Hi!” and “Hello!” like the bull of Bashan.”
  4. (colloquial) Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed or referred to has done something the speaker or writer considers to be foolish. exampleYou just tried to start your car with your cell phone. Hello?
  5. An expression of puzzlement or discovery. exampleHello! What’s going on here?
  • The greeting hello is among the most generic and neutral in use. It may be heard in nearly all social situations and in nearly all walks of life, and is unlikely to cause offense.
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Synonyms: (greeting)
  • (AU, informal) g'day, hey, hi,
  • (UK, informal) hallo, hi, hiya, ey up
  • (US, informal) hallo, hey, hi, howdy
  • (IE, informal) how's it going, hey, hi
  • (SA, informal) howzit
  • (slang) wassup, what's up, yo, sup
, (AU, informal) g'day, hey, hi, , (UK, informal) hallo, hi, hiya, ey up, (US, informal) hallo, hey, hi, howdy, (IE, informal) how's it going, hey, hi, (SA, informal) howzit, (slang) wassup, what's up, yo, sup, See also
  • (greeting) bye, goodbye
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  1. "Hello!" or an equivalent greeting.
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Synonyms: greeting
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  1. (transitive) To greet with "hello".
    • 2013, Ivan Doig, English Creek (page 139) I had to traipse around somewhat, helloing people and being helloed, before I spotted my mother and my father, sharing shade and a spread blanket with Pete and Marie Reese and Toussaint Rennie near the back of the park.
hello yourself, and see how you like it etymology Probably popularised by its occurrence in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (offensive, but now often humorous) A response to being greeted with &quot;hello&quot;.
etymology 1 Altered"Hella", in ''Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary'', '''2004''', North Atlantic Books, [ page 38] from intensifier hella (originally slang). See also .
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  1. (slang, chiefly N CA) Intensifier, signifies an abundance of a thing; much or many. Hey, if you guys get the munchies, there's helluv candy in the cupboard.
    • 2006, Joylynn Jossel, When Souls Mate, […] and all of the other people I have met who show me helluv love when I come through your town.
Synonyms: mad
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  1. (slang, chiefly N CA) Intensifier (modifies verbs); to a large extent; totally; very much. Dude, I helluv want to go to the show with you, but I'm soooo grounded.
    • 2002, Peggy Vincent, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, page 225 “[…]. This helluv hurts.” We grownups burst out laughing, and I hugged her bony adolescent shoulders.
  2. (slang, chiefly N CA) Intensifier (modifies adjectives); to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly. That new girl is helluv sexy.
    • 2002, Peggy Vincent, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, page 226 “We had the baby, like two minutes ago. It was helluv icy. […] Naeema was so brave, just hellabitchin', and I delivered the baby myself 'cause we have this hellafresh midwife who taught me how to do it.”
    • 2003, Adrienne Anderson, Word: Rap, Politics and Feminism, page 14 “Man, if I had never been to California and read that magazine, I would be helluv scared to come out there!”
Synonyms: (extremely, modifies adjectives) wicked (NE US)
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, chiefly N CA) For sure; totally; hell yeah; used as a strong affirmation of something that was just said, accomplished, or revealed. "Hey, you wanna come to the concert tonight?" "Oh, helluv!"
related terms:
  • helluva
  • hella
  • hell
  • the hell
  • To many speakers, helluv is the more emphatic, or more intensified form of hella.
etymology 2 Shortened form, or elision, of phrases like "hell of" or "hell have", approximating casual speech in writing.
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  1. (colloquial) Elision of "hell of".
    • 1977, Curt Johnson, The Morning Light, page 214 Oh, you goddam-betcha, Julie, it's one helluva lot better — one HELLUV A lot better — to be born dirt-poor. Course then you get to stay that way the rest of your life.
    • 1997, , Innocence Undone, page 297 “That's the helluv it — beggin' yer pardon, miss...”
  2. (colloquial) Elision of "the hell of".
    • 1997, , Innocence Undone, page 173 “Helluv it is,” he grumbled. “I was thinking of marrying her myself. Wrote her a letter, but it didn't get posted in time.”
  3. (colloquial) Elision of "hell have"
    • 1973, Richard Cowper, Clone, page 99 Where the helluv you been?
helluva etymology Written form of a of "Hell of a"
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) hell of a; extreme They had a helluva row over where to spend the weekend.

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