The Alternative English Dictionary

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


hellzapoppin Alternative forms: hellzapoppin'
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) hectic and chaotic; action-packed
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) helicopter
helpdesker etymology helpdesk + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who works on a helpdesk.
    • 2001, "Dave Francis", To replace or not (on newsgroup We also have the remaing{{SIC}} helpdesker developing an internet catalogue and ordering system and assisting the accounts system administrator.
    • 2001, "Orchid", Anybody? (on newsgroup Licensed helpdesker indeed. Please. A monkey with a screenshot can be a helpdesker.
    • 2007, Andy Walker, Microsoft Windows Vista Help Desk Helpdesker: “Which email program do you use?”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic) A strong, virile or sexually active man.
Synonyms: machoman
  • maneh
hen pronunciation
  • /hɛn/
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etymology 1 From Middle English henne, heonne, hinne, from earlier henene, heonenen, henen, from Old English heonan, hionan, heonane, heonone, from Proto-Germanic *hina, *hinanō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe- 〈*ḱe-〉, *ḱey- 〈*ḱey-〉. Cognate with Dutch heen, German hin, Danish hen. See also hence.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (dialectal) Hence.
etymology 2 From hen, or a variant of hench.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dialectal) To throw.
etymology 3 From Middle English, from Old English henn, hænn, from Proto-Germanic *hanjō, from Proto-Indo-European *kan-, *kana-. Cognate with Dutch hen, Western Frisian hin, German Low German Heen, German Henne, Icelandic hæna, Danish høne, Swedish höna. Related also to Old English hana. Alternative forms: henne (obsolete)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female chicken (Gallus gallus), particularly a sexually mature one kept for its egg.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp , 2, , “She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.”
  2. A female of other bird species, particularly a sexually mature female fowl.
  3. (uncommon) A female fish or crustacean.
  4. (figuratively, depreciatory) A woman, particularly
    • 1785, Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: Hen, a woman. A cock and hen club; a club composed of men and women.
    1. (UK, informal) A bride-to-be, particularly in the context of her "hen night" festivities.
  5. (figuratively, pejorative, uncommon) A henlike person of either sex.
  6. The hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), a bivalve shellfish.
Synonyms: (female bird) hen-bird, (bride-to-be) (US) bachelorette, (M. mercenaria) hard clam, hen-clam, hen-fish
coordinate terms:
  • (male chicken or other bird) cock
  • Neh.
  • NHE
hench etymology Related to henchman; perhaps a back-formation from that word.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (architecture) The narrow side of chimney stack, a haunch.
  2. (architecture) The side of an arch from the topmost part (crown) to the bottommost part (impost).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (comics) To be a henchman or henchwoman, usually for a supervillain.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, slang) Big, strong, and muscular. He's well hench. That's a seriously hench doorman.
Synonyms: buff
henchwench Alternative forms: hench-wench
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, humorous) A female henchman; a henchwoman.
    • 1939, James Joyce, Finnegans Wake And that henchwench what hopped it dunneth there duft the.
    • July 22, 2007, "Cast Shadows", a sweet kiss of Poison The concept of she being an ecoterrorist who may or may not long for Harley Quinn, the Joker's henchwench, is pure animated bliss.
    • July 11, 2007, "Reading for Pleasure Wednesday: Dickens, and the Old Curiousity Shop", The Paper Chase Instead, our interesting characters are the horrid little villain, Quilp, his henchwench Sally Brass (a nasty, lying, grasping woman), Dick Swiveller, and a servant character Swiveller calls “the Marchioness.”
Hendo's etymology Shortening; see -o.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, informal) Henderson's Relish, a spicy and fruity condiment.
Hendra etymology
  • Named after the suburb of Hendra in Brisbane Australia where some of the first cases were reported.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) , a disease fatal to livestock and humans.
henfest etymology hen + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A rowdy party for women.
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    • 2009, Shannon McKenna, Tasting Fear (page 32) He'd video-streamed a segment of last night's drunken henfest in the kitchen to Haupt, but the humorless had prick been unamused. All that had interested the boss last night had been the jeweled pendants.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Any hawk supposed to prey of poultry.
Henmania etymology Henman + mania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for the British tennis player Tim Henman.
    • 2003, "Tony Chacon", Explaining HENMANIA (on newsgroup Unfortunately the only cure for severe Henmania is for Tim Henman to actually win Wimbledon.
    • 2004, Sportseye, Sports Ticket (page 380) Although it is tough to get tickets to witness Henmania, taste the famous strawberries and cream and see the greatest players in the world, it is not impossible and it does not have to cost an arm and a leg.
    • 2005, David Else, Oliver Berry, Great Britain (page 58) Britain's current top player is Tim Henman, who's the cause of another disease - Henmania.
henry pronunciation
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etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} Named after the American scientist .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of electrical inductance; the inductance induced in a circuit by a rate of change of current of one ampere per second and a resulting electromotive force of one volt. Symbol: H
etymology 2 From
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A turd.
etymology 3 From
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A quantity of marijuana weighing one-eighth of an ounce.
Synonyms: eighth
  • rhyne, yrneh
hep pronunciation
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etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Short form of hepatitis.
  • Mainly used in the names of varieties of hepatitis, such as hep A, hep B, hep C, hep D, and hep E.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. high-energy physics
etymology 2 Alteration of hip
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A hip of a rose; a rosehip.
etymology 3 US underworld slang of unknown origin, first recorded 1908.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dated, US slang) aware, up-to-date
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  2. (dated, US slang) cool, hip
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (dated, US slang) To make aware of. exampleI hepped him to the situation.
  • Eph.
hepcat Alternative forms: hep cat etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, music) A jazz performer, especially one from the 1940s and 1950s.
  2. (informal) A person associated with the jazz subculture of the 1940s and 1950s; a hipster.
hepped up Alternative forms: hepped-up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, US, informal) Excited; enthusiastic; invigorate; stimulate.
    • 1944 July 12, "Holds Millennium Is Long Way Off," New York Times, p. 23: We Americans have a great way of getting all hepped up over a new idea.
    • 1946 Sept. 2, "Low Taste," Time: Included in the program: a hepped-up version of the Volga Boat Song.
    • 2005 April 13, Robert MacMillan, "Steal This Song," Washington Post (retrieved 3 Oct. 2008): It was tough cramming for those midterms and finals, staying up 72 hours straight hepped up on caffeine and pizza.
  • Usually spelled with a hyphen when placed before the noun it modifies.
  • Sometimes used to refer to the sort of stimulation or intoxication that results from consuming certain drugs, as in "hepped up on goofballs."
her {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: herė pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɜː(ɹ)/, unstressed /ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) /ˈhɝ/, unstressed /ɚ/
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determiner: {{head}}
  1. Belonging to her. This is her book
etymology From Proto-Germanic *hezōi. Cognate with Dutch haar, gml ere and Northern Frisian hör.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. The form of she used after a preposition or as the object of a verb; that woman, that ship, etc. Give it to her (after preposition) He wrote her a letter (indirect object) He treated her for a cold (direct object)
    • February 1896, Ground-swells, by Jeannette H. Walworth, published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; page 183: "Then what became of her?" "Her? Which ‘her’? The park is full of ‘hers’." "The lady with the green feathers in her hat. A big Gainsborough hat. I am quite sure it was Miss Hartuff."
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  • EHR
her ass
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, the third person singular) she. Her ass is always late.
  • ashers, rashes, shares, shears
herb {{wikipedia}} etymology Middle English erbe, from Old French erbe (French herbe), from Latin herba. Initial h restored 15c. after Latin but remained mute until 19c. (and still is for many). pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /hɜːb/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ɝb/, /hɝb/
    • US pronunciation of the word varies; some speakers include the h-sound and others omit it, with the h-less pronunciation being the more common. Individual speakers are consistent in their choice, but the choice does not appear to be correlated with any regional, socioeconomic, or educational distinctions. Some UK dialects may also follow the h-dropping pronunciation where they drop all initial "h"s.
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any green, leaf plant, or part thereof, used to flavor or season food.
  2. Plant whose root, leaves or seed, etc. are used in medicine.
  3. (slang, euphemistic) Marijuana.
  4. (botany) A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each growing season
  5. (obsolete) Grass; herbage.
    • Milton flocks grazing the tender herb
Synonyms: (marijuana) grass, weed
  • See also
related terms:
  • arbor
  • herbaceous
  • herbage
  • herbal
  • herbarium
  • herbicidal
  • herbicide
  • herbivore
  • herbivorous
  • herbed up
  • Hebr.
herbert etymology From the name Herbert.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, punk subculture) A working-class youth.
    • 2000, John King, Human punk ...everything was busy now with the usual mix of herberts, and because this was Brunel University there was a lot of students, the sort who wouldn't normally go see a punk band...
    • 2007, Bobby Smith, Margaret Oshindele-Smith, One Love Two Colours Because of my appearance, I was accosted by a couple of spotty herberts on the way...
    • 2007, Paul Marko, The Roxy London WC2: A Punk History I was a proto-hippy in '66 - '67 and by about August '67 the bandwagon jumpers, the media and all manner of assorted herberts had turned up to spoil everything.
her butt
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (colloquial, the third person singular) she. Her butt is always late.
here {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /hɪə(ɹ)/
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  • (US) /hi(ə)ɹ/
  • (US) /hiɹ/, /hɪɹ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English here, from Old English hēr, from Proto-Germanic *hē₂r 〈*hē₂r〉, from Proto-Indo-European *ki- + adverbial suffix *-r. Cognate with the English pronoun he, German hier, Dutch hier, her, Icelandic hér, Faroese, Norwegian, Danish her, Swedish här.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (location) In, on, or at this place. exampleI'm here!
    • 1849, Alfred Tennyson, , VII, Dark house, by which once more I stand / Here in the long unlovely street,
    • 2008, Omar Khadr, , The Canadian visitor stated, “I’m not here to help you. I’m not here to do anything for you. I’m just here to get information.”
  2. (location) To this place; used in place of the more dated hither. examplePlease come here.
    • 1891, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, , He said we came here solely on my account, that I was to have perfect rest and all the air I could get.
  3. (abstract) In this context. exampleDerivatives can refer to anything that is derived from something else, but here they refer specifically to functions that give the slope of the tangent line to a curve.
    • 1872 May, Edward Burnett Tylor, , published in Popular Science Monthly, Volume 1, The two great generalizations which the veteran Belgian astronomer has brought to bear on physiological and mental science, and which it is proposed to describe popularly here, may be briefly defined:
    • 1904 January 15, William James, The Chicago School, published in Psychological Bulletin, 1.1, pages 1-5, The briefest characterization is all that will be attempted here.
  4. At this point in the argument or narration. exampleHere endeth the lesson.
    • 1796, , , Here, perhaps I ought to stop.
    • 1922, Ben Travers , 6, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest] , ““And drove away—away.” Sophia broke down here. Even at this moment she was subconsciously comparing her rendering of the part of the forlorn bride with Miss Marie Lohr's.”
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (abstract) This place; this location. An Alzheimer patient's here may in his mind be anywhere he called home in the time he presently re-lives.
  2. (abstract) This time, the present situation. Here in history, we are less diligent about quashing monopolies.{{attention}}
  • *:, The Principles of Logic‎, page 52, Francis Herbert Bradley, 1922, “For time and extension seem continuous elements; the here is one space with the other heres round it”
  • *:, Objects, city and wandering: the invisibility of the Japanese in France, Kauhiko Yatabe, Globalizing Japan: Ethnography of the Japanese Presence in Asia, Europe, and America‎, page 28, edited by Harumi Befu, Sylvie Guichard-Anguis, 2001, “More than ever, the here is porous.”
  • *:, Five Billion Years of Global Change: A History of the Land‎, page 20, Denis Wood, 2004, “We can't see it because it is an aspect of our seeing, it is a function of our gaze: the field of the here is established in — and by — our presence.”
adjective: {{en-adj}} {{rft}}
  1. Filler after a noun or demonstrative pronoun, solely for emphasis. John here is a rascal.
  2. Filler after a demonstrative pronoun but before the noun it modifies, solely for emphasis. This here orange is too sour.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (British, slang) Used for emphasis at the beginning of a sentence when expressing an opinion or want. Here, I'm tired and I want a drink.
etymology 2 From Old Scots heir, from Middle English here, heere, from Old English here, from Proto-Germanic *harjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kory-. Cognate with osx heri, Dutch heer, heir, Old High German heri, hari (German Heer), Danish hær, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐍂𐌾𐌹𐍃 〈𐌷𐌰𐍂𐌾𐌹𐍃〉. More at harry.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An army, host.
  2. A hostile force.
  3. (Anglo-Saxon) An invading army, either that of the enemy, or the national troops serving abroad. Compare fyrd.
  4. An enemy, individual enemy.
related terms:
  • ferd
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hereish etymology here + ish
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Near here, near this place.
here you are
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic) Said when you hand something over to someone or do a favour to them, usually to draw the recipient's attention to the exchange; Equivalent to “thank you” when receiving something.
Synonyms: here you go, there you go, there you are
herm {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Hermes
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rectangular pillar bearing a bust of Hermes, once used as a boundary marker and later as decoration.[ ''Dictionary of Greek and Roman antiquities''; p. 602]
Synonyms: (rectangular pillar) herma
etymology 2 From Hermaphroditus, originally a male Aphrodite (Aphroditus) and represented as a herm.[ ''Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology''; p. 408]
abbreviation: {{rfc-header}} {{en-abbr}}
  1. abbreviation of hermaphrodite
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (sometimes pejorative) A hermaphrodite.
  • Mehr
Her Maj
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (British, humorous) Her Majesty.
hermaphrodite {{wikipedia}} etymology From Hermaphroditus, the mythical son of Hermes and Aphrodite who merged bodies with a naiad and thereafter possessed both male and female qualities.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An individual or organism possessing ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonad. {{defdate}} An earthworm is a hermaphrodite.
  2. A person or thing possessing two opposing qualities.
  3. (nautical) A hermaphrodite brig.
  • {{U:en:an h}}
  • intersex is now the preferred term for human description.
  • Compare androgyne and genderqueer.
Synonyms: maphrodite, morphodite, mophrodite (slang), androgyne, gynandromorph, intersex
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of an, individual organism) Having gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonad.
  2. Combining two opposing qualities.
Synonyms: androgynous, hermaphroditic, intersex
hermie etymology hermit + ie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) hermit crab
    • 2011, Kelli A. Wilkins, Hermit Crabs For Dummies Your hermies need a second home to chill out in whenever they're sick or molting.
    • 2012, George Howe Colt, The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home … she went right to work catching hermies in the millpond …
hernia {{wikipedia}} etymology From Latin hernia. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology) A disorder in which a part of the body protrude abnormally through a tear or opening in an adjacent part, especially of the abdomen.
heroinware etymology heroin + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, slang) An addictive computer game, especially one played to the extent it interferes with the everyday life of the player.
    • 2003, , "Just one more go…", The Guardian, 3 April 2003: Luckily, Jaffe found refuge and eventual salvation with On-Line Gamers Anonymous, one of several online self-help groups that have sprung up to deal with the fallout from electronic entertainment they call heroinware. Its forums are swollen with refugees of various online worlds, all with harrowing stories of runaway gaming habits, lives ruined, friends lost, marriages broken.
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herp etymology Back-formation from herpetology, or via simplification of herptile.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) a reptile or amphibian
  • perh
herring {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology From Middle English hering, from Old English hǣring, from Proto-Germanic *hēringaz, further etymology unknown. Cognate with Dutch haring, German Hering etc. pronunciation
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  1. A type of small, oily fish of the genus Clupea, often used as food.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 4 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring's fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt's boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.”
  2. Fish in the family Clupeidae.
  3. Fish similar to those in genus Clupea, many of those in the order Clupeiformes.
herself pronunciation
  • (RP) /hɜːˈsɛlf/, /əsɛlf/
  • (GenAm) /hɝˈsɛlf/, /ɚsɛlf/
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pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (reflexive) Her; the female object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 17 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.”
    exampleShe injured herself.
  2. (emphatic) She; an intensive repetition of the female subject, often used to indicate the exclusiveness of that person as the only satisfier of the predicate. exampleShe was injured herself.
  3. (slang) A self-important female. exampleWhat's herself up to this time?
  • {{rank}}
  • flesher
Hershey squirts
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang, US) diarrhea
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hes pronunciation /hiːz/
etymology 1 Alternative spelling of his.
Alternative forms: he's, his
determiner: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, uncommon) alternative form of his when pronounced as he's; belonging to him. exampleThat's hes house over there.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, uncommon) alternative form of his when pronounced as he's; that that belongs to him. exampleThe idea was hes not mine.
Used in some dialects to represent the (often only occasional) pronunciation of his as he's as both a determiner and a pronoun. Although his is almost always used, regardless of pronunciation, hes and he's are sometimes used.
etymology 2 From he's via a reduction of the apostrophe which is, in turn, a contraction of he is and he has.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal, nonstandard) alternative form of he's
he-she pronunciation
  • /hiːʃiː/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory) A transsexual or transgender female; a female person who is biologically male.
    • 1998, Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity, p. 129: The year is 1973, and work is hard to come by for he-shes.
    • 2007, Katherine D. Bennett, Forever One, p. 138: Mother was stopped in the supermarket under the guise of asking about my leg, but more often than not they asked if it was true that I was a he-she.
    • 2009, Tom Walker, Fort Apache: New York's Most Violent Precinct, p. 98: They are the ugliest assortment of hes, shes, he-shes, and she-hes in the world.
  • she-he
hesher etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a diehard enthusiast of heavy metal music.
etymology 1 {{clipping}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, slang, ) A heterosexual person.
  2. (uncountable, fandom slang) Fan fiction based on celebrities or fictional characters involved in an opposite-sex romantic and/or sexual relationship.
    • 2005, Rhiannon Bury, Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online, Peter Lang (2005), ISBN 0820471186, page 207: Mary Ellen Curtin presented a paper at the 2002 Popular Culture Association conference in which she studied fanfiction archives to discover that black characters appeared far less in both het and slash fiction than white or even Latino/a characters.
    • 2006, Catherine Driscoll, "One True Pairing: The Romance of Pornography and the Pornography of Romance", in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays (eds. Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse), McFarland & Company (2006), ISBN 9780786426409, page 84: The vast majority of fan fiction is het or slash, and these types are usually defined against each other as approaches to romance and porn, marginalizing gen as something outside of the dominant concerns of fan fiction.
    • 2010, Rebecca Ward Black, "Just Don't Call Them Cartoons: The New Literacy Spaces of Anime, Manga, and Fanfiction", in Handbook of Research on New Literacies (eds. Julie Coiro, Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear, & Donald J. Leu), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2010), ISBN 9780805856514, page 595: Other studies explore why some women write het, or fictions with heterosexual pairings of certain couples, within canons such as Star Trek Voyager that generally inspire slash fiction (Somogyi, 2002).
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Synonyms: (fan fiction) hetfic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Heterosexual.
etymology 2 Strong conjugation of heat
verb: {{head}}
  1. (dialect) en-past of heat
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (dialect) Heated.
  • ETH, Eth, eth, TEH, teh, the
hetero etymology Clipped from heterosexual.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Heterosexual: of, pertaining to, or being a heterosexual person. This novel depicts a hetero couple who are in love.
Synonyms: (heterosexual) het, heterosexual, straight, breeder
  • (heterosexual) gay, homo, homosexual
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A heterosexual person.
  • hereto
heterofascist etymology hetero + fascist
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Exhibiting or relating to hetero-fascism
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) A proponent of hetero-fascism
    • 1976, Faggots and Class Struggle: A Conference Report, page 66: Surely radical faggots dedicated to to ending worldwide capitalist oppression can come up with a better solution than the alienating old-age concentration homes of the heterofascists.
    • 1996, 1 January, John A. Stanley, Re: Apuleius FOAMS at the mouth......,!original/uk.religion.jewish/nuVEPxzrR2c/Nx_I--15UXQJ, uk.religion.jewish, “It's funny that all the above mentioned Nazis were all heterofascists.”
    • 2010, Tristan Garcia, Hate: A Romance (trans. Marion Duvert & Lorin Stein), Faber and Faber (2010; original French novel published 2008), ISBN 9780865479111, page 68: “I am sick and tired of guys who think it's fine to go and sleep with some girl as if it were nothing, and then hold forth to their students—” He went on to say something about “heterofascists,” according to Jean-Michel.
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Synonyms: heteronazi
heteronazi etymology hetero + nazi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, very rare) heterofascist
    • 1998, Wheeler, In support of prostitutes (was: Scary Cherry, child molester ... Group: soc.motss There are heteronazis and homonazis. Of the two, homonazis are by far the most vicious.
    • 2000, trinkler, "Defending" marriage? Group: alt.callahans ...heteronazi' to describe the people who do things like beat gays and leave them to die, if it would be accepted.
heterosexual etymology hetero + sexual pronunciation
  • /ˌhetəɹəˈsekʃuəl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Sexually attracted to member of the opposite sex.
Synonyms: (sexually attracted to members of the opposite sex) straight, hetero, other-sex
  • heteroflexible
related terms:
  • heteroerotic
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  1. A heterosexual person, or other heterosexual organism.
Synonyms: (heterosexual person) straight (especially in the plural), hetero, breeder (humorous, often offensive)
  • homosexual
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  1. (colloquial, vulgar) A male prostitute; a gigolo.
    • 1993, , Departures, page 21: “Probably a he-whore putting his name about so he'd have plenty of trade,” Raga panted.
    • 1996, Karen Lee Osborne, William J. Spurlin, Reclaiming the Heartland: Lesbian and Gay Voices from the Midwest, page 64: "Home-wrecker," said Dwayne with a deadpan gasp of mock shock. "My lover, the he-whore," Ted added.
    • 2007, Jim Harmon, Maniac Siren: The Man Who Made Maniacs and Silent Siren, page 73: They ranged from "Ladies' Man" to "he-whore". Usually, except when he was feeling very contemptuous of himself, or when he had contributed blood to the Red Cross and felt very honorable, Wilkins thought of himself as a gigolo.
he who smelt it dealt it Alternative forms: whoever smelt it dealt it
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  1. (colloquial, originally) A person who calls attention to or complains about a fart is likely trying to pretend it wasn't his or her own.
  2. (colloquial, by extension) Used to suggest that a person calling attention to or complaining about a given problem may in fact be the source of the problem.
  • Non-rhyming variants with smelled rather than smelt are almost completely unattested, even in forms of English that otherwise prefer .
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  1. (childish) eye dialect of hello
hex {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 First attested about 1830, from Pennsylvania German hexe, from German hexen (compare Hexe).{{R:Merriam Webster Online}} The noun appeared later, in the 1850s.{{}}
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  1. To put a hex (a spell, especially an evil spell) on.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An evil spell or curse.
  2. A witch.
  3. (rare) A spell (now rare but still found in compounds such as hex sign and hexcraft).
etymology 2 Short for hexadecimal.
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  1. (computing, informal) {{short for}}
etymology 3 Short for hexagon.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hexagonal space on a game board.
  2. (climbing) a hexagon-shaped item of rock climbing equipment intended to be wedged into a crack or other opening in the rock.
hey Alternative forms: hay, heigh etymology From Middle English hey, hei, also without h- in ey, from Old English *hē, ēa, attested as first element in Old English hēlā, ēalā. Cognate with Dutch , hei, German hei, Danish and Swedish hej, Faroese hey, Icelandic hei, see heigh. Probably a natural expression, as may be inferred from its presence with similar meaning in many other unrelated languages: for example, Burmese ဟေး 〈ဟေး〉, Finnish hei, Unami , and Mandarin Chinese 〈āi〉, and various sound-alikes as Roman eho, Greek εἴα 〈eía〉, Latin eia, Sanskrit हे 〈hē〉. See also hello. pronunciation
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  1. An exclamation to get attention. Hey, look at this!
  2. A protest or reprimand. Hey! Stop that!
  3. An expression of surprise. Hey! This is new!
  4. (US, Australia, UK, Canada) An informal greeting, similar to hi. Hey! How's it going?
  5. A request for repetition or explanation; an expression of confusion (see also eh, huh). Hey? How's that?
  6. A meaningless beat marker or extra, filler syllable in song lyrics. The chorus is "nana na na, nana na na hey hey hey, goodbye".
related terms:
  • heyday
  • what the hey
  • hey up
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (country dancing) A choreographic figure in which the dancers weave between one another.
  • yeh
hey presto
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  1. (British) Used by stage magicians, when waving a "magic wand" and performing a trick.
  2. (British, colloquial) Indicates a sudden desirable conclusion or change, as if by magic; ta-da; voilà. If you take the next left, you’ll see a big shop and hey presto, you’re there.
    • 1968, Erich von Däniken, Chariots of the Gods?, Putnam They stick a couple of old potshards together, search for one or two adjacent cultures, stick a label on the restored find and--hey, presto!--once again everything fits splendidly into the approved pattern of thought.
Synonyms: abracadabra, alakazam
hey up Alternative forms: ey up, 'ey up, ay oop, ayup
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  1. (informal, dialect, Northern English) A greeting.
  2. Used to get attention, or as a warning.
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  1. (slang, pejorative) A member of or a supporter of Hezbollah.
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  1. (informal) hot from far away (but ugly up close) She’s not as sexy as you first think — you’ll see she’s just HFFA once you start talking to her.
hi Alternative forms: heigh etymology American English (first recorded reference is to speech of a Kansas Indian), originally to attract attention, probably a variant of Middle English hy, hey (circa 1475) also an exclamation to call attention. pronunciation
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  1. A friendly, informal, casual greeting said when meeting someone. exampleHi, how are you? exampleI just dropped by to say “hi”.
  2. An exclamation to call attention.
    • 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.”
Synonyms: (friendly informal greeting) hello
adjective: {{head}}
  1. informal spelling of high, often hyphenated. Get hi-quality videos here! Next, set the burner to hi.
related terms:
  • lo
  • mid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The word "hi" used as a greeting. I didn't even get a hi.
Synonyms: greeting, hello
  • IH
hiccius doctius etymology Corrupted from Latin {{lena}} hic est doctus, "this is a learned man".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, obsolete) A juggler. {{rfquotek}}
hick pronunciation
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etymology 1 from Hick, like Rick and Dick short for Richard. compare hillbilly
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) An awkward, naive, clumsy and/or rude country person.
Synonyms: boer, boor, country bumpkin, churl, hillbilly, lob, rustic, yokel
etymology 2 Onomatopoeia.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to hiccup
hickey {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɪk.i/
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  1. (US, slang) A bruise-like mark made during petting by pressing the mouth to the skin on one’s partner’s body and suck.
  2. (informal, slang) an object whose name is unknown or cannot be recalled.
  3. (printing) A printing defect caused by foreign matter on the printing surface resulting in a ring where the ink is missing, appearing as a spot of ink surrounded by a halo.
  4. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury.
  5. A tool for making smooth, semicircular bends in conduit and pipe.
  6. (US, slang, business, finance) An unintended negative outcome or loss in regards to a deal or action, often preceded by the words "taking a ..." or "took a ... ". exampleFarmer Jones took a hickey on his soybean crop when the flood washed the seeds away.
Synonyms: (bruise-like mark) love bite, lovebite, knot, (tool) conduit bender, See also
hickory horned devil
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  1. (slang) A Citheronia regalis moth in its caterpillar stage.
hickoryite etymology hickory + ite
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  1. (US, rare, colloquial) Jasper in the color of hickory bark.
hide pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English hiden, huden, from Old English hȳdan, from Proto-Germanic *hūdijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keudh-, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-. Cognate with Low German (ver)hüden, (ver)hüen, Welsh cuddio, Ancient Greek κεύθω 〈keúthō〉, Sanskrit . Related to hut and sky.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
    • 1856, Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling The blind man, whom he had not been able to cure with the pomade, had gone back to the hill of Bois-Guillaume, where he told the travellers of the vain attempt of the druggist, to such an extent, that Homais when he went to town hid himself behind the curtains of the "Hirondelle" to avoid meeting him.
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    exampleHe hides his magazines under the bed. exampleThe politicians were accused of keeping information hidden from the public.
  2. (intransitive) To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
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Synonyms: (transitive) conceal, hide away, secrete, (intransitive) go undercover, hide away, hide oneself, hide out, lie low
  • (transitive) disclose, expose, reveal, show, uncover
  • (intransitive) reveal oneself, show oneself
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  1. (countable) (mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.
etymology 2 From Old English hȳd, from Proto-Germanic *hūdiz (compare West Frisian hûd, Dutch huid, German Haut), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-t- 'skin, hide' (compare Welsh cwd, Latin cutis, Lithuanian kutys, Ancient Greek κύτος 〈kýtos〉, σκῦτος 〈skŷtos〉, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-, 'to cover'. More at sky.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) The skin of an animal.
  2. (obsolete, or, derogatory) The human skin.
    • Shakespeare O tiger's heart, wrapped in a woman's hide!
  3. (uncountable, informal, usually, US) One's own life or personal safety, especially when in peril.
    • 1957, Ayn Rand, Francisco d'Anconia's speech in Atlas Shrugged: The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of money and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide—as I think he will.
Synonyms: (animal skin) pelt, skin, (land measure) carucate
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To beat with a whip made from hide.
    • 1891, Robert Weir, J. Moray Brown, Riding He ran last week, and he was hided, and he was out on the day before yesterday, and here he is once more, and he knows he's got to run and to be hided again.
etymology 3 From Middle English hide, from Old English hīd, hȳd, hīġed, hīġid, for earlier *hīwid, a derivative of Proto-Germanic *hīwaz, *hīwō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱei- 〈*ḱei-〉. Related to Old English hīwisc, Old English hīwan. More at hewe, hind. {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (historical) An English unit of land and tax assessment intend to support one household and notionally equal to 120 acre.
usage note: The hide was originally intended to represent the amount of land farmed by a single household but was primarily connected to obligations owed to the Saxon and Norman kings and thus varied greatly from place to place. Around the time of the Domesday Book under the Normans, the hide was usually but not always the land expected to produce £1 (1 Tower pound of sterling silver) in income over the year.
  • (40 hides) barony
Synonyms: See carucate
  • (¼ hide) See virgate
  • (⅛ hide) See oxgang
  • (1/16 hide) nook
  • farundel
  • hied
hideola etymology hideous + ola pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /hɪdiˈoʊlə/
  • (RP) /hɪdiˈəʊlə/
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  1. (slang) Hideous, ugly.
    • 1950, Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Other Stories, Vintage International (1993), ISBN 0679745653, page 83: He's friendly, he can laugh me out of the mean reds, only I don't have them much any more, except sometimes, and even then they're not so hideola that I gulp Seconal or have to haul myself to Tiffany's: {{…}}
    • 1989, Julie Burchill, Ambition, Bodley Head (1989), ISBN 9780370312927, page 85: I heard on the grapevine he is absolutely hideola — even for a man. You know the type — makes Phil Collins look like Mel Gibson.
    • 1995, Charlotte Vale Allen, Somebody's Baby, Mira Books (1995), ISBN 1551661241, page 110: They start wearing hideola designer clothes they think look good just because they cost a lot.
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hide the salami
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  1. (slang) sexual intercourse
Synonyms: hide the sausage
hide the sausage
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  1. (idiomatic, slang, euphemistic) To have sex.
    • 2004, Mlyn Hurn, Hunter's Legacy (Blood Dreams, Book Two) - page 29 He pressed his rock hard cock against the soft flesh hidden by her cotton shorts. “But at night, I want to be all 'growed' up again so I can play hide the sausage in your bed!”
    • 2011, Jeremy Clarkson, Round the Bend It's a bit like Dubai. Yes, there is a sea and sand, and providing you don't play hide the sausage with someone's else's wife, you will have a nice time.
hiding pronunciation
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etymology 1 See hide (Etymology 1)
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of hide
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) A state of concealment.
  2. (countable) A place of concealment.
etymology 2 See hide (Etymology 2)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, countable) A beating or spanking.
hiding to nothing etymology From horse racing, hiding; to, e.g., 6 to 1. Literally, the phrase can be described as to bet on a contest whose outcome is at worst a beating, or at best nothing. A heavily favored team in a sporting contest earns no credit for victory, but is shamed by defeat; this team is said to be on a hiding to nothing.
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  1. (idiomatic, British, informal) A situation in which victory has little or no value, but defeat has a huge cost.
    • Tod Sloan‎, James Forman Sloan and A. Dick Luckman, 1915, 245, “It would have been madness to encourage them to back the mare : in fact I was on a hiding to nothing whatever happened.”
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    • A layman's guide to United Kingdom air traffic control‎, page 76, Dave Graves, 1989, “It is a nasty situation and DFR knows that he is on a good hiding to nothing. He sometimes feels that he is the least understood and most unloved ATCO in [the UK]”
    • The international handbook of market research techniques‎, page 543, Robin Birn, 2003, “This often makes it a nervous, hiding-to-nothing game in which disasters are so much more memorable than successes”
    • Corporate collapse: accounting, regulatory and ethical failure‎, page 39, Frank L. Clarke, G. W. Dean, Kyle Gaius Oliver, 2003, “Company directors are on a hiding to nothing when it comes to trusting their reputations to the accounting statements for which they are responsible.”
  • Can be used to describe any contested outcome.
Higgs boson {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Higgs + boson; after the British physicist , who is credited with proposing what is now called the Higgs mechanism.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (particle) An elementary particle in the Standard Model; a boson with zero spin, that gives mass to other particle.
    • 1987, Robert N. Cahn, The Search for a Heavy Higgs Boson at the SSC, Orrin Fackler, J. Thanh Vân Trân (editors), New and Exotic Phenomena: Proceedings of the Seventh Moriond Workshop, [http//|%22Higgs+bosons%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LGf1T4WGA4XZigfQhbziBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Higgs%20boson%22|%22Higgs%20bosons%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 468], The existence of a Higgs boson would be the simplest solution to the problem of electroweak symmetry breaking.
    • 2004, Don Lincoln, Understanding the Universe: From Quarks to the Cosmos, [http//|%22Higgs+bosons%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LGf1T4WGA4XZigfQhbziBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Higgs%20boson%22|%22Higgs%20bosons%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 239], We also know other things about the Higgs boson. If it were much more massive, a problem would occur. Since Higgs bosons interact with particles with a large mass, Higgs bosons would also interact with themselves (as they have mass too). This “self interaction” puts an upper limit on the mass of the Higgs boson as less than about 500-1000 GeV.
    • 2011, Christopher G. Tully, Elementary Particle Physics in a Nutshell, [http//|%22Higgs+bosons%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LGf1T4WGA4XZigfQhbziBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Higgs%20boson%22|%22Higgs%20bosons%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 255], In the higher Higgs boson mass domain, the Higgs boson decays dominantly to a pair of b-quarks.
Synonyms: God particle (informal), Higgs particle
related terms:
  • Higgs field
  • Higgs mechanism
high {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English hiȝe, huȝe, huiȝe, huie, hige, from Old English hyġe, from Proto-Germanic *hugiz, of unknown origin. Cognate with Northern Frisian huwggje, gml höge, hoge, Middle High German hüge, huge, hoge, Danish hu, Swedish håg, Icelandic hugur. Related to Hugh.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Thought; intention; determination; purpose.
etymology 2 From Middle English high, heigh, heih, from Old English hēah, from Proto-Germanic *hauhaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kewk-, a suffixed form of *kew-. Cognate with Scots heich, Saterland Frisian hag, Western Frisian heech, Dutch hoog, Low German hog, German hoch, Swedish hög, Icelandic hár, Lithuanian kaukas, Russian куча 〈kuča〉. Alternative forms: hi (informal)
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  1. Elevated in position or status; above many things. exampleThe balloon rose high in the sky.
  2. Tall, lofty, at a great distance above the ground (at high altitude).
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  3. (figuratively) Noble, especially of motive, intention, etc.
  4. (slang) Under the psychological effects of a mood-affecting drug, especially marijuana, or (less common) alcohol.
  5. Of a quantity or value, great or large. exampleMy bank charges me a high interest rate.
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  6. (acoustics) Of greater frequency, i.e. with more rapid wave oscillation. exampleThe note was too high for her to sing.
  7. (of a, body of water) With tall wave.
    • 1939, Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None, 11, “The sea is as high as ever. I shouldn't think any boat could put out today.”
  8. (of meat, especially venison) Strong-scented; slightly tainted/spoiled; beginning to decompose. Epicures do not cook game before it is high. exampleThe tailor liked his meat high.
  9. Of great strength, force, importance, etc.; mighty; powerful; sometimes, triumphant; victorious; majestic, etc. a high wind; high passions
    • Bible, Psalms lxxxix. 13 Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
    • Dryden Can heavenly minds such high resentment show?
    • Thackeray with rather a high manner
  10. Arrogant; lofty; boastful; proud.
    • Bible, Proverbs xxi. 4 An high look and a proud heart … is sin.
    • Clarendon His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.
  11. Very abstract; difficult to comprehend or surmount.
    • Shakespeare to hear and answer such high things
    • Wordsworth Plain living and high thinking are no more.
  12. (phonetics) Made with a high position of some part of the tongue in relation to the palate.
  13. Possessing a characteristic quality in a supreme or superior degree. high (i.e. intense) heat; high (i.e. full or quite) noon; high (i.e. rich or spicy) seasoning; high (i.e. complete) pleasure; high (i.e. deep or vivid) colour; high (i.e. extensive, thorough) scholarship
    • Spenser High time it is this war now ended were.
    • Baker High sauces and spices are fetched from the Indies.
  • low
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In or to an elevated position. How high above land did you fly?
  2. In or at a great value. Costs have grown higher this year again.
  3. In a pitch of great frequency. I certainly can't sing that high.
  • The adverb high and the adverb highly shouldn't be confused. He hung the picture high on the wall. As a politician, he isn't esteemed too highly.
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  1. A period of euphoria, from excitement or from an intake of drugs.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic climbs highest to sink Benfica (in The Guardian, 15 May 2013) They will have to reflect on a seventh successive defeat in a European final while Chelsea try to make sense of an eccentric season rife with controversy and bad feeling but once again one finishing on an exhilarating high.
    exampleThat pill gave me a high for a few hours, before I had a comedown.
  2. A drug that gives such a high.
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  3. (informal) A large area of elevated atmospheric pressure; an anticyclone.
  4. The maximum atmospheric temperature recorded at a particular location, especially during one 24-hour period.
  5. An elevated place; a superior region; a height; the sky; heaven.
  6. (card games) The highest card deal or draw.
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  1. (obsolete) To rise. The sun higheth.
etymology 3 See hie.
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  1. To hie; to hasten.
    • Holland Men must high them apace, and make haste.
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high and dry
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  1. Left out of water, stranded on a beach, or in the stocks for repair, or in dry dock.
  2. Abandoned, stranded, helpless.
  3. (pejorative) Associated with the high church (the Church of England and other Anglican traditions, in reference to their "high" political position in England and "dry"/austere mode of worship), as opposed to the "low and slow" Evangelical party and the "broad and shallow" broad church.
    • 1844, A. H. Maltby, The New Englander, volume 2, page 321: "There are two recognized parties in the church of England, the old High-and-dry church party, and the so-called Evangelical. To one or other of these two the Anglo-Catholic must conform."
  4. (US, slang, of a, sandwich) With no condiments.
high as a kite
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  1. (simile, colloquial) Very much under the influence of drugs, extremely high.
related terms:
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  1. A cocktail made from spirit plus soda water etc.
  2. (rail transport) An all clear or full speed ahead signal.
  • Japanese: ハイボール, ハイ
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  1. To make an estimate which tends toward exaggeration. If we highball the price, it comes out to $240. If we lowball it, it's closer to $200.
  2. (slang, rare or erroneous) To move quickly; to hightail.
  • (estimate) lowball
highbrow etymology From a compound of the words high and brow, first recorded usage in 1875. Referring to the (by that time discredited) science of phrenology, which suggested that a person of intelligence and sophistication would possess a higher brow-line than someone of lesser intelligence and sophistication.
adjective: {{wikipedia}} {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, colloquial) Intellectually stimulating, highly cultured.
  • lowbrow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cultured or learned person or thing.
related terms:
  • lowbrow
  • middlebrow
high cotton etymology The term "high cotton" or "tall cotton"{{cite news|url=||title=Idions: "Tall cotton"|accessdate=June 14, 2013}} originates from the rural farming community in the antebellum (pre-Civil War) when "high cotton" meant that the crops were good and the prices, were, too. The term has generalized to mean one is doing well or is successful.
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  1. (US, slang, idiomatic) the best of times; a time of well being. We're in high cotton now. You're in high cotton.
Southern US.
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  1. (US, informal) alternative form of highfalutin
highfalutin Alternative forms: hifalutin, highfaluting, high falutin etymology Alteration of high-fluting. In his book, The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg records that in a nascent America, when the well-to-do travelled by steamboat, said passengers were referred to as highfalutin due to the high fluted funnels on the boats. Compare riffraff. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌhaɪ.fəˈlu.tɨn/, /ˈhaɪ.fəˌlu.tɨn/
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  1. (US, informal) Self-important, pompous; arrogant or egotistical; tending to show off or hold oneself in unduly high regard. It's only a matter of time before some highfalutin developer builds a huge hotel and ruins the scenery.
Synonyms: hoity-toity
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  1. (archaic, slang) A spree; a revel.
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  1. disdainful; haughty
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person claiming to be superior.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (transitive) To snub or treat condescending.
    • 1934, Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance (book), 1992 edition, ISBN 0553278193, page 139: I don't high-hat technical words, because I know there a lot of things that can't be said any other way, but the doctor's lengthy explanation simply boiled down to this, that….
high heels
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  1. A pair of (women's or men's) high-heeled shoe. I look sexier in high heels.
highlight Alternative forms: hilite (informal) etymology From high + light. pronunciation
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  1. An area or a spot in a drawing, painting, or photograph that is strongly illuminated.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Library of America, 1985, p.114: The image blurred into the highlight, like something familiar seen beneath disturbed though clear water; he looked at the familiar image with a kind of quiet horror and despair, at a face suddenly older in sin than he would ever be, a face more blurred than sweet, at eyes more secret than soft.
  2. An especially significant or interesting detail or event.
  3. (cosmetology) A strand or spot of hair dyed a different color than the rest.
  • (especially significant or interesting detail or event) lowlight
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make prominent; emphasize.
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  2. (transitive) To be a highlight of.
  3. (transitive) To mark (important passages of text), e.g. with a fluorescent marker pen or in a wordprocessor, as a means of memory retention or for later reference.
  4. (transitive) To dye (part of the hair) a different color than the rest.
highlighted Alternative forms: hilited (informal)
verb: {{head}}
  1. past participle of highlight
highlighting Alternative forms: hiliting (informal)
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of highlight
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Emphasis of text
  2. An area of the skin or hair containing highlight.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Causing emphasis, drawing attention; revealing. A highlighting event. A very highlighting topic. Uplights have a more highlighting effect. The most highlighting part of the case study is research, collection and analysis of data.
highlightings Alternative forms: hilitings (informal)
noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. plural of highlighting
highlights Alternative forms: hilites (informal)
noun: {{head}} {{g}}
  1. plural of highlight
  2. Summary of an event, such as a sporting event, focussing on the most entertaining or consequential aspects; compilation of each highlight of that event
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of highlight
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Describes a system which requires a high degree of maintenance to ensure proper functioning and without which it is likely to break down.
  2. (figuratively, pejorative, of a person) requiring a lot of attention or reassurance; emotionally needy He has this incredibly high-maintenance girlfriend; if he doesn't tell her that he loves her every five minutes, she tends to break down into hysterical depressive weepy fits.
  • According to the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, "high-maintenance" was popularized by , an American film released in 1989.
  • low-maintenance
Synonyms: (figuratively) expensive, insecure
highman etymology From Middle English heimon, equivalent to high + man.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man of rank, especially a high rank; a superior.
    • 1834, The New sporting magazine - Page 88: If not riding for life, that he is riding for immortality; and as the hero may perchance feel (for even a highman may feel like a hero), when he willingly throws away his existence in the hope of earning a glorious name, [...]
    • 2007, David Farland, The Runelords: So the highman sent to the King, asking him to purchase the wool for his troops at a bargain price. "But the highman did not know that rain in the west hills had caused a blight of wool rot on the sheep there. [...]"
  2. (slang, obsolete) A loaded die that yields high numbers.
    • 2012, P F Chisholm, A Famine of Horses: "He had a couple of bales of crooked dice, a highman and a lowman and one with a bristle on the pip, but he hasn't the way of using them properly yet. [...]"
high pillow
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang, dated) The boss; the man in charge.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 203: ‘There were a couple solved for the record, but they were just rappers. Some punk took it for the high pillow.’
noun: {{head}}
  1. (humorous) alternative form of hijinks
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hillbilly etymology From hill + Billy pronunciation
  • (UK) /hɪlˈbɪ.li/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (often pejorative) Someone who is from the hills; especially from a rural area, with a connotation of a lack of refinement or sophistication.
  2. A white person from the rural southern part of the United States, especially the Southeastern states.
Synonyms: hick
hillbilly heroin
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) oxycodone, an opiate drug
himbo etymology {{blend}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhɪmbəʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈhɪmboʊ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A physically attractive man who lacks intelligence; the male equivalent of a bimbo.
hinder {{was wotd}} Alternative forms: hindre (archaic)
etymology 1 From Old English hindrian, from Proto-Germanic *hindrōną, from *hinder (adverb). Cognate with Dutch hinderen and German hindern, Latin contra. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhɪndə/
  • (US) /ˈhɪndɚ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make difficult to accomplish; to frustrate, act as obstacle. A drought hinders the growth of plants.
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    • 1599, , act ii, scene 2 (act i; First Folio ed.): Since God ſo graciouſly hath brought to lightThis dangerous Treaſon, lurking in our way,To hinder our beginnings.
  2. (transitive) To keep back; to delay or impede; to prevent.
    • 1591, , act ii, scene 7 (First Folio ed.): Then let me goe, and hinder not my courſe
    • John Locke What hinders younger brothers, being fathers of families, from having the same right?
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To cause harm.
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Synonyms: (to delay or impede movement) bar, block, delay, hamper, impede, obstruct, restrain, stop, (to make a task difficult) delay, frustrate, hamper, impede, obstruct, prevent, thwart, See also
  • (to delay or impede movement) aid, assist, help
  • (to make a task difficult) assist, expedite, facilitate, help
etymology 2 en-comparative of hind pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhaɪn.də/
  • (US) /ˈhaɪn.dɚ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or belonging to that part or end which is in the rear or hind, or which follows. the hinder end of a wagon the hinder parts of a horse
    • 1990 - C. W. H. Havard (ed.), Black's Medical Dictionary, 36th edition, p 673 On a line dividing the front two-thirds from the hinder one-third, and set in the shape of a V, is a row of seven to twelve large flat-topped circumvallate papillae, ...
  2. en-comparative of hind
Most current uses of this adjective occur in anatomical contexts.
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Synonyms: (of or belonging to that part in the rear) back, hind, rear, posterior
  • (of or belonging to that part in the rear) fore, front
related terms:
  • hind
  • hindermost
  • hindmost
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) The buttocks.
    • 1997, Richard Laliberte and Stephen C. George, The Men's Health Guide to Peak Conditioning , ISBN 0875963234, page 195: Like martial arts, in-line skating is predicated on the notion that sooner or later you're going to end up on your hinder.
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hindquarter etymology hind + quarter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Either rear half of a side of beef, mutton, veal, lamb or by extension from another edible mammal.
  2. (in the plural) The hind biped (leg) of a quadruped, or all body parts situated behind the hind legs' trunk-attachment.
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} While Major was speaking four large rats had crept out of their holes and were sitting on their hindquarters, listening to him.
  3. (metonymy, derogatory, usually plural) Human behind, butt.
hiney etymology Perhaps clipping of behind + -y
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) buttocks
    • 1939, Barry Benefield April was when it began (Reynal & Hitchcock) p.34: I've sat out there so much my hiney's sore.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Affixed by a hinge, as a door.
  2. (slang) Extremely high on drugs.
  3. (of a postage stamp) Affixed with a stamp hinge
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of hinge
Hinjew etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person of mixed Hindu and Jewish parentage.
  2. (informal) A person who practices both Hinduism and Judaism.
hinky etymology Possibly from obsolete Scots hink, from Old Norse hinka, probably not from Old English inca. Possibly from hank. Possibly from African-American usage: hincty or hinkty.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Acting suspiciously; strange, unusual; acting in a manner as if having something to hide, or seemingly crooked.
    • 1970 7 February 1970: Sgt. MacDonald (William Boyett), Re: Adam-12, Log 54 Impersonation (Season 2, Episode 16) referring to Detective Forest (John Hudson) I thought he might be acting hinky.
    • 1990 Oct 3: Kurt Guntheroth, Re: Market selling under highest bid?, misc.invest, There's nothing hinky about this.
    • 1993 Jeb Stuart & David Touhy, The Fugitive,, This is hinky, this guy's a college graduate...
    • 1995 Sep 26: Richard Steven Walz, Re: Odd etching chemistry; was: Re: Does dry ice fog hurt electronics?, sci.electronics, And I don't know if that copper reaction you teased me with for H2CO3 would run that direction, would it? Looks hinky.
    • 2000 , , p. 101 Given the hinky events of the past twenty-four hours, he had come to suspect that his own unhappy spouse had conspired in the defacing of his prize taxidermy, the trashing of the red BMW, and even the infesting of his luxury sport-utility vehicle with shit-eating insects.
    • 2004 Bruce Schneier qt. Diana Dean, Boston Globe (2004) A US customs agent, Diana Dean, questioned him at the border. He was fidgeting, sweaty, and jittery. He avoided eye contact. In Dean's own words, he was acting "hinky." Ressam's car was eventually searched, and he was arrested.
    • 2006 Dec 06: Hester Mofet, Re: Tip in '95 Disappearance of TV Anchor Jodi Huisentruit Doesn't Yield Much, alt.true-crime, There's something hinky about this whole thing.
  2. (informal) Suspicious (of something).
    • 1993 Aug 20: Dave Ratcliffe, Re: Long Trips With Cats, rec.pets.cats, I think they get hinky if everything is shaking around and they can't see much.
    • 1995 Jun 23: Rosco Benson, Re: HP Browning Mag safety, remove it?, rec.guns, Lots of folks are hinky about removing ANY "safety" feature from a firearm.
    • 1999 Mar 14: Trn0, Re: HELP w/ taking a knife to another country (TANZANIA), rec.knives, If the customs inspector gets hinky about letting them into the country, you can let him keep one as a gift.
    • 2005 Feb 11: tiny dancer, Re: Pregnant Ky. Woman Kills Attacker, alt.true-crime, I was feeling a bit hinky about this one too.
  3. (informal, derogatory) Weird; nonstandard.
    • 1968 Sept 21: Officer Pete Malloy, as written by Jack Webb, intuiting that a citizen’s report of burglars casing the neighborhood is probably legitimate, Adam-12, Season 1, Episode 1 at 9:32, This [call] shouldn’t be hinky – I’ve got a hunch they’re still floating around.
    • 1995 Feb 1: Gharlane of Eddore, Re: E2 is great SF,, So either they've got a *really* hinky space drive, or they're just just plain fat-assed lard-brained idiots with delusions of competence.
    • 1997 Mar 11: Karen J. Cravens, Re: WRITERS!,, Heck, I'd *much* rather the 68xxx architecture had caught on than Intel, with its hinky memory-handling.
    • 2006 Jan 4: Andrew H. Wakefield, Got the lathe -- followup, rec.crafts.metalworking, The motor is rather hinky.
    • 2008 Sept 8: Dave Letterman discussing the climate crisis, The Late Show with Dave Letterman, Show #2980,, I’ve been persuaded that something is hinky, and by God, you can quote me on that. Something is hinky.
hip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /hɪp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English hipe, hupe, from Old English hype, from Proto-Germanic *hupiz (compare Dutch heup, Low German Huop, German Hüfte), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱeu̯bh₂- 〈*ḱeu̯bh₂-〉 (compare Welsh cysgu, Latin cubāre, Ancient Greek κύβος 〈kýbos〉, Albanian sup, Sanskrit {{rfscript}} ‘id.’), from *keu-, *keu̯ə-. More at high.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The outward-projecting parts of the pelvis and top of the femur and the overlying tissue.
  2. The inclined external angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.
  3. In a bridge truss, the place where an inclined end post meets the top chord. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chiefly, sports) To use one's hips to bump into someone.
  2. To throw (one's adversary) over one's hip in wrestling (technically called cross buttock).
  3. To dislocate or sprain the hip of, to fracture or injure the hip bone of (a quadruped) in such a manner as to produce a permanent depression of that side.
  4. To make with a hip or hips, as a roof.
etymology 2 From Middle English hepe, heppe, hipe, from Old English hēope, from Proto-Germanic *heupōn (compare Dutch joop, German Hiefe, Faroese hjúpa), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewb- 〈*ḱewb-〉 (compare Prussian kaāubri, Lithuanian kaubre).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The fruit of a rose.
etymology 3 Probably a variant of hep. Maybe from Wolof hepi or hipi{{reference-book | first=Clarence | last=Major | year=1994 | title=Juba to jive: a dictionary of African-American slang | page = 234 | pageurl = }}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) aware, informed, up-to-date, trendy {{defdate}}
    • {{quote-news}} Rudolph promoted Stevens Pass with restless zeal. In seven years there, he helped turn a relatively small, roadside ski area into a hip destination.
Synonyms: cool, groovy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To inform, to make knowledgeable.
    • The Subterraneans, page 90, Jack Kerouac, 1958, “No doubt, too, Sand must have hipped him quietly in a whisper somewhere what was happening with the lover”
    • A Right to Die, page 78, Rex Stout, 1964, “She's a volunteer, hipped on civil rights, another do-gooder, evidently with a private pile since she takes no pay”
    • Pimp, page 223, Iceberg Slim, 1969, “She went ape over Chris. She'd go downtown and come home with shopping bags loaded with fine dresses and underclothes for herself and her sisters. Later she hipped Chris to boosting”
    • 2009, Sean Rogers, Pynchon and comics The guy hips himself to so many things.
related terms:
  • hipster
  • hippy
  • hippie
  • phi
hi pot, meet kettle etymology In reference to the phrase pot calling the kettle black.
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal, humorous) Used to draw attention to hypocrisy.
Synonyms: pot, meet kettle
hippie {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hippy etymology From 1953, a usually disparaging variant of hipster. See also {{pedialite}}. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhɪpi/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (in the 1950s) A teenager who imitated the beatnik.
  2. (in the 1960s; still widely used in reference to that era) One who chooses not to conform to prevailing social norms: especially one who ascribes to values or actions such as acceptance or self-practice of recreational drug use, liberal or radical sexual mores, advocacy of communal living, strong pacifism or anti-war sentiment, etc.
  3. (modern slang) A person who keeps an unkempt or sloppy appearance and wearing unusually long hair (for males), and because of it, often stereotype as a deadbeat.
  4. Someone who dress in a hippie style.
  5. One who is hip.
Synonyms: (teenager who imitated the beatniks) beatnik, (non-conformist in the 1960s) treehugger
related terms:
  • hip
  • hipster
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to hippies: e.g., “the hippie era”.
  2. (colloquial) Not conforming to generally accepted standards. They used a bunch of hippie compression formats instead of the usual RAR and ZIP.
Synonyms: beatnik
related terms:
  • hep
  • hip
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (derogatory) Hippie.
    • 2006, Cathy Hopkins, Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas, Simon and Schuster, page 132: He drove us there in their hippie-dippie car and as always people stared at us when we drove by.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Converted or translated into a hippy style.
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hippiemobile Alternative forms: hippie mobile
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A vehicle used, or implied to be used, by hippies.
    • 1993, , , Volume 120, page 78, The hippie wasn't wearing any shoes. January in Boston and he's in sandals, standing there screaming, “Look what she did! Look what the crazy fucking bitch did!” --like it was my pleasure to risk decapitating myself by slamming through the hippiemobile.
    • 2003, June Marshall, Booby Trapped: Men Beware! The Dirty Seven Sisters: A Dating Guide for the 21st Century, page 153, She may say she is a pacifist but if you question her sappy wisdom because she sounds a like a bumper sticker on a hippiemobile, she will turn on you with the rage of a PMS-Queen fueled by nitro.
    • 2011, Jaye Wells, Red-Headed Stepchild, unnumbered page, No self-respecting vampire would choose to ride around in that hippiemobile. Especially one with a license plate reading “FLWRPWR.”
hippie punching
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) In United States politics, criticism of the left, especially when used to position oneself as a moderate

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