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hippietastic etymology hippie + tastic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Very hippieish.
    • 2008, Cecily von Ziegesar, You Just Can't Get Enough, Poppy (2008), ISBN 9780316040679, unnumbered page: She loved her hippietastic mom but wasn't quite sure she was ready to introduce her Constance friends to her.
    • 2011, Anna Minard, "Buy a Locally Made Album This Year Instead of Some Mainstream Shit", The Stranger, 7 December 2011: Her new album, Thunder Thighs, continues in the same lo-fi, oversharing, hippietastic, totally genius vein you've come to love, with lyrics like "I feel like I'm unloading when I'm loading up the car/I feel like I'm exploding when I'm holding my guitar."
    • 2012, Olivia Duell, "Slopeside Summer", Slope, Spring 2012, page 14: Once inside the fairgrounds, you can escape the world for a few days, as the festival offers campgrounds and food stands. Like Ithaca Fest, Grassroots provides a quirky, relaxed, community atmosphere not without its hippietastic moments.
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hippity-hop Alternative forms: hippety-hop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) A hop
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (childish) to hop.
  • Frequently used with the verb go: "He went hippity-hop all the way down the hill."
related terms:
  • hippity-hoppity
hippodrome etymology From French hippodrome, from Latin hippodromos, from Ancient Greek ἱππόδρομος 〈hippódromos〉, from ἵππος 〈híppos〉 + δρόμος 〈drómos〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A horse racing course.
  2. (US, slang, sports) A fraudulent sporting contest with a predetermined winner.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang, sports) To stage a sporting contest to suit gamblers.
hippyish etymology hippy + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Having characteristics of a hippy.
hipshot etymology From hip + shot. pronunciation
  • /ˈhɪpʃɒt/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Having a dislocated hip.
  2. (dated) Clumsy, awkward.
  3. (US, colloquial) Standing with one hip lower than the other.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 686: No degree of the allegorical avoided an excuse to present an impudently hipshot youth, or a captive maiden in some appealing form of restraint
  • 2005, Jake Logan, Slocum and the Sierra Madras Gold: Slocum [...] watched the horses and mules. Most stood hipshot, sleeping on their feet, nothing bothered them.
  • 2005, Lois McMaster Bujold, The Hallowed Hunt: The two stubby horses, dusty and sweaty from the road, were standing hip-shot and bored, and Bernan sat on the driver's box with reins slack and his elbows on his knees.
hiptard etymology hipster + tard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A pretentious or foolish hipster.
    • 2008, Allison Williams, "Atlantic Ave, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn", Time Out New York, 9 April 2008: Brooklyn’s biggest export is no longer hiptards—it’s babies.
    • 2010, Jonathan Kauffman, "Bros Icing Bros: Our Food Critic Taste-Tests Smirnoff Ice Flavors", SF Weekly, 27 May 2010: Bro-on-bro icing is the meme du jour. What started out as a fratboy prank in South Carolina has been picked up by Wall Street traders, A-list bloggers, San Francisco hiptards, and Fortune magazine, all within the space of two weeks.
    • 2011, Heather Seidler, "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart", Ladygunn, Summer 2011, page 35: As they dig themselves out of a subculture full of trendies and hiptards, Pains have no aspirations to become the next indulgent Strokes-like indie sensation to come out of New York with panache.
hireling etymology From Middle English, from Old English scLatinx, from Proto-Germanic *hūzijōlingaz, equivalent to hire + ling. Cognate with Dutch huurling. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈhaɪɹˌlɪŋ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually, pejorative) an employee who is hire, often to perform unpleasant task with little independence
    • 1848: William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair When my poor James was in the smallpox, did I allow any hireling to nurse him?
  2. (usually, pejorative) someone who does a job purely for money, rather than out of interest in the work itself
    • 1605: Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning ... it may be truly affirmed that no kind of men love business for itself but those that are learned; for other persons love it for profit, as a hireling that loves the work for the wages;
Synonyms: flunky, lackey, mercenary
his {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English, from Old English his, from Proto-Germanic *hes, genitive of *hiz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱe- 〈*ḱe-〉, *ḱey- 〈*ḱey-〉. Cognate with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic hans. More at he; see also its. pronunciation
  • /ˈhɪz/, unstressed /ɪ̈z/
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determiner: {{head}}
  1. Belonging to him. {{defdate}}
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.i: With that he put his spurres vnto his steed, / With speare in rest, and toward him did fare, / Like shaft out of a bow preuenting speed.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.”
    • 2011, Xan Rice, The Guardian, 8 Apr 2011: In his first televised address since the siege in Abidjan began this week, Ouattara said he would focus on returning the country to normal to ease the plight of civilians.
  2. (obsolete) Its; belonging to it. (Now only when implying personification.) {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.2: My stomacke could not well reach so farre: it is very much troubled to come to an end of that which it takes for his need.
    • 1611, Matthew 5:13, King James Version: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?
  3. (archaic) Used as a genitive marker in place of ’s after a noun, especially a masculine noun ending in -s, to express the possessive case. {{defdate}} Ahab his mark for Ahab's mark.
  • When followed by a noun, it is sometimes referred to as a possessive adjective, qualifying the following noun. It is, however, the possessive case of the personal pronoun he.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun. The decision was his to live with.
  2. alternative spelling of His
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  • IHS
  • ish, Ish
  • shi
his ass
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (vulgar, slang, the third person singular) he. His ass is always late.
his butt
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (colloquial, the third person singular) he. His butt is always late.
His Maj
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (British, humorous) His Majesty.
Hispanic etymology From Hispania the Latin name for present-day Spain pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to Spain
  2. Of or relating to a Spanish-speaking people or culture, as in Latin America. Houses in New Mexico, California and Florida exhibit a strong Hispanic architectural influence.
  3. (historical) Of or pertaining to the Iberia peninsula, its people, its culture or its languages.
  4. (colloquial) mestizo.
Synonyms: (of Spain) Spanish, (of Spanish-speaking people) Latin, Latino, (of Iberia) Iberian, Hispanian
related terms:
  • Hispanist
  • Hispano-, hispano-
  • Hispanophile
  • Hispanophilia
  • Hispanophilic
  • Hispanophobe
  • Hispanophobia
  • Hispanophobic
  • Hispanophone
  • Hispanophone Caribbean
  • Hispanophonia
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Spanish-speaking person.
  2. A person residing in the United States, Latin America or worldwide of Spanish ancestry
  3. (colloquial) a mestizo.
related terms:
  • Hispano
  • spaniel
  • Spanish
  • Spanish-speaking
Hispano etymology From Spanish hispano, from Latin hispanus, from Latin Hispania
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A Hispanic, a person of Spanish descent. There are many famous Hispanos in the music world. Hispanos are quickly becoming the largest minority in the United States.
  2. A person from Spain.
A general term for people from Spain and the Spanish speaking countries in America (i.e. Mexico, Peru, Chile, etc.) is Hispanic American.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. of Spanish descent
related terms:
  • Hispanic
  • Hispanic American
  • Spanish
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who is half Asian and half Hispanic.
Hissian etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, slang) synonym of goose Accordingly two of the club went out and shortly after returned with a Hissian, a cant word with the soldiers, for a goose.
historicaster etymology historic + aster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An inferior historian.
history {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: historie (obsolete), hystory (nonstandard), hystorie (obsolete) pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhɪstəri/, /ˈhɪstri/
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etymology From Middle English, from Old French estoire, estorie (French histoire), from Latin historia, from Ancient Greek ἱστορία 〈historía〉, from ἱστορέω 〈historéō〉, from ἵστωρ 〈hístōr〉, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd-. Compare story. Attested in Middle English in 1393 by John Gower, Confessio Amantis,OED which was aimed at an educated audience familiar with French and Latin.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{wikiversity lecture}} {{en-noun}}
  1. The aggregate of past events.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 7 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “With some of it on the south and more of it on the north of the great main thoroughfare that connects Aldgate and the East India Docks, St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London.”
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    exampleHistory repeats itself if we don’t learn from its mistakes.
  2. The branch of knowledge that studies the past; the assessment of notable events.
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    exampleHe teaches history at the university.   History will not look kindly on these tyrants.   He dreams of an invention that will make history.
  3. (countable) A set of events involving an entity. exampleWhat is your medical history?   The family's history includes events best forgotten.
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  4. (countable) A record or narrative description of past event.
  5. (countable, medicine) A list of past and continuing medical conditions of an individual or family. exampleA personal medical history is required for the insurance policy.   He has a history of cancer in his family.
  6. (countable, computing) A record of previous user events, especially of visited web page in a browser. exampleI visited a great site yesterday but forgot the URL. Luckily, I didn't clear my history.
  7. (informal) Something that no longer exists or is no longer relevant. exampleI told him that if he doesn't get his act together, he's history.
  8. (uncountable) Shared experience or interaction. There is too much history between them for them to split up now. He has had a lot of history with the police.
Synonyms: (aggregate of past events) background, past, (record or narrative description of past events) account, chronicle, story, tale, (medicine: list of past and continuing medical conditions) medical history, (computing: record of previous user events) log
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To narrate or record. {{rfquotek}}
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hit {{slim-wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /hɪt/
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etymology 1 From Middle English hitten, from Old English hittan, probably of gmq origin, from Old Norse hitta, from Proto-Germanic *hitjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *keyd-. Cognate with Icelandic hitta, Danish hitte, Latin caedō, Albanian qit.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading, physical) To strike.
    1. (transitive) To administer a blow to, directly or with a weapon or missile. exampleOne boy hit the other.
      • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
      • 1922-1927, Frank Harris, My Life and Loves He tried to hit me but I dodged the blow and went out to plot revenge.
      • {{RQ:Joyce Ulysses}} {{nowrap}} BELLO: (Shouts) Good, by the rumping jumping general! That's the best bit of news I heard these six weeks. Here, don't keep me waiting, damn you! (He slaps her face) BLOOM: (Whimpers) You're after hitting me. I'll tell{{nb...}}
      • 1934, Robert E. Howard, The Slugger's Game I hunted him for half a hour, aiming to learn him to hit a man with a table-leg and then run, but I didn't find him.
    2. (transitive) To come into contact with forcefully and suddenly. exampleThe ball hit the fence.
      • John Locke (1632-1705) If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another?
      • {{RQ:Swift Gulliver}} a dozen apples, each of them near as large as a Bristol barrel, came tumbling about my ears; one of them hit me on the back as I chanced to stoop, and knocked me down flat on my face.
      • 1882, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Doctor Grimshawe's Secret: A romance Meanwhile the street boys kept up a shower of mud balls, many of which hit the Doctor, while the rest were distributed upon his assailants.
    3. (transitive, slang) To kill a person, usually on the instructions of a third party. exampleHit him tonight and throw the body in the river.
    4. (transitive, military) To attack, especially amphibiously. exampleIf intelligence had been what it should have been, I don't think we'd ever have hit that island.
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To briefly visit. exampleWe hit the grocery store on the way to the park.
  3. (transitive, informal) To encounter. exampleYou'll hit some nasty thunderstorms if you descend {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
  4. (heading) To attain, to achieve.
    1. (transitive, informal) To reach or achieve. exampleI hit the jackpot.  The movie hits theaters {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
      • 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal: And her success with Glover, a product of the National Lottery-funded Sporting Giants talent identification programme, will also spark relief among British officials who were starting to fret a little about hitting their target of equalling fourth in the medal table from Beijing.
    2. (intransitive) To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, often by luck.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) And oft it hits / Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
      • Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) Millions miss for one that hits.
    3. To guess; to light upon or discover.
      • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Thou hast hit it.
  5. (transitive) To affect negatively. exampleThe economy was hit by a recession.  {{nowrap}}
  6. (heading, games) To make a play.
    1. (transitive, cards) In blackjack, to deal a card to. exampleHit me.
    2. (intransitive, baseball) To come up to bat. exampleJones hit for the pitcher.
    3. (backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; said of a single unprotected piece on a point.
  7. (transitive, computing, programming) To use; to connect to. exampleThe external web servers hit DBSRV7, but the internal web server hits DBSRV3.
  8. (transitive, US, slang) To have sex with. exampleI'd hit that.
  9. (transitive, US, slang) To inhale an amount of smoke from a narcotic substance, particularly marijuana exampleI hit that bong every night after work
  • (manage to touch in the right place) miss
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A blow; a punch; a striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.
    • Dryden So he the famed Cilician fencer praised, / And, at each hit, with wonder seems amazed.
    The hit was very slight.
  2. A success, especially in the entertainment industry. The band played their hit song to the delight of the fans.
    • Alexander Pope What late he called a blessing, now was wit, / And God's good providence, a lucky hit.
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  3. An attack on a location, person or people.
    1. In the game of , a correct guess at where one's opponent ship is.
  4. (computing, Internet) The result of a search of a computer system or of a search engine
  5. (Internet) A measured visit to a web site, a request for a single file from a web server. My site received twice as many hits after being listed in a search engine.
  6. An approximately correct answer in a test set.
  7. (baseball) The complete play, when the batter reaches base without the benefit of a walk, error, or fielder’s choice. The catcher got a hit to lead off the fifth.
  8. (colloquial) A dose of an illegal or addictive drug. Where am I going to get my next hit?
  9. A premeditated murder done for criminal or political purposes.
  10. (dated) A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark. a happy hit
  11. A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts for less than a gammon.
  • (a punch) miss
  • (success) flop, turkey
etymology 2 From Middle English hit, from Old English hit, from Proto-Germanic *hit, from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey-. Cognate with Dutch het. More at it. Note 'it.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. (dialectal) it.
    • 1922, Philip Gengembre Hubert, The Atlantic monthly, Volume 130: But how hit was to come about didn't appear.
    • 1998, Nancy A. Walker, What's so funny?: humor in American culture: Now, George, grease it good, an' let hit slide down the hill hits own way.
  • iht, ith
hitch etymology Probably from Middle English hytchen, or icchen, of obscure origin. Lacks cognates in other languages. pronunciation
  • /hɪtʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sudden pull.
  2. Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope Knots and Splices by Cyrus L Day, Adlard Coles Nautical, 2001. See .
  3. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer. His truck sported a heavy-duty hitch for his boat.
  4. (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty. The banquet went off without a hitch. (Meaning the banquet went smoothly.)
  5. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch. The deal sounds too good to be true. What's the hitch?
  6. A period of time. Most often refers to time spent in the military. She served two hitches in Vietnam. U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH ; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, ... WILL BE RETAINED Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; Jun 3, 2004; pg. A.1;
Synonyms: catch
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To pull with a jerk. exampleShe hitched her jeans up and then tightened her belt.
  2. (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten. exampleHe hitched the bedroll to his backpack and went camping.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 8 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Philander went into the next room, which was just a lean-to hitched on to the end of the shanty, and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.”
  3. (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
  4. (informal, transitive) contraction of hitchhike, to thumb a ride. exampleto hitch a ride
  5. (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
    • South atoms…which at length hitched together
  6. (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
    • Alexander Pope Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.
    • Fuller To ease themselves … by hitching into another place.
  7. (UK) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere. {{rfquotek}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person who hitchhike.
hitching post
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a post to which a horse (or other animal) may be tethered to prevent it from straying Joe and Hoss tied their horses to the hitching post before going into the bank.
  2. (slang) A main shelter at a recreation place (e.g., a campground) where people go to socialize, eat and purchase small items. The two girls who were camping went to the hitching post to buy some hot dogs and buns for the wiener roast.
hit it
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (informal) Start perform; start playing a song, etc.
    • 2010, E. K. Schiller, Holly Schiller, The Midnight Hour (page 196) He looks at the band behind him and says, “Hit it, boys!” The band launches into its own rendition of happy birthday.
hit it and quit it
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To have a sexual encounter for physical gratification, and part company with the other partner immediately thereafter; to have a quickie one-night stand.
    • 1999, Connie Rose Porter, Imani All Mine, p.105: They just want to hit it and quit it. When this white man done had enough, you won't even know where he is.
    • 2003, Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Some Sunday, p.264: You say to yourself, I'll just hit it and quit it. My girl won't know.
    • 2005, Letitia Anderson, Sins of the Past, p.13: Keith is just a no good for nothing guy who likes to hit it and quit it.
    • 2005, Lexi Davis, Pretty Evil, p.365: As far as the guys' hit-it-and-quit-it philosophy with women, after all they'd gone through, they'd finally changed their perspectives.
    • 2006, David Zinczenko, Men, Love & Sex: The Complete User's Guide for Women, p.127: Men want to hit it and quit it. In and out. Wham bam.
    • 2006, Relentless Aaron, Extra Marital Affairs, p.173: "Just a quick hit it and quit it." Mason knew she was right, but there was a time for everything, even romance.
Hitler {{Wikipedia}} etymology The surname Hitler is a variation of Hiedler, a surname applied to those who resided near a Hiedl.'''2005''', Jürgen Udolph, Sebastian Fitzek, ''Professor Udolphs Buch der Namen: Woher sie kommen, was sie bedeuten'' (C. Bertelsmann, München/Munich)[] Earlier theoriesexpressed in e.g.: '''1956''', Franz Jetzinger, ''Hitlers Jugend: Phantasien, Lügen und die Wahrheit'' (Europa-Verlag, Wien/Vienna) derived the surname from Hüttler (also spelled Huettler), either meaning "one who lives in a hut", from Hütte, or from hüten.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A surname of Austrian origin.
  2. , dictator of Germany between 1933 and 1945.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) An unnecessarily dictatorial person.
    • 1986, William Borman, Gandhi and Non-Violence , “How does he support his position against the prima facie case in favor of the strongly counterintuitive claim that non-violence would necessarily defeat a Hitler?”
  • lither
Hitlerish etymology Hitler + -ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Fascist, Hitlerian.
  2. (informal) Extremely oppressive. Draconian. Hitlerish regime
  3. (informal) Extremely restrictive. Hitlerish religious organization
hitman etymology hit + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A contract killer; especially one paid by mafia.
  2. (soccer) goalscorer, someone who scores goals.
related terms:
  • hitwoman
hit on
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To flirt with; to approach and speak to (someone), seeking romance, love, sex, etc. That's the third guy that has hit on her tonight. Guys are hitting on them almost all the time.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To discover, pinpoint; to think up; to realize; to invent. He hit on a great idea for improving the design.
hit the bottle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To drink alcohol steadily and in excess, particularly in response to a setback. He's been hitting the bottle hard since his wife left him.
Synonyms: (to drink steadily and in excess) hit the booze, hit the sauce
hit the deck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To drop to a lying or other low position, especially quickly.
hit the head
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) to urinate or defecate; to go to the bathroom
hit the silk etymology From when parachutes were still made of silk.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To parachute (use a parachute). With the engine on fire he had to punch out and hit the silk.
hiya doin' etymology Conflation of "hiya" and "how are you doing". Evolution was probably "how are you doing""how're you doin'""how're ya doin'""howya doin'", at which point "howya" was confused with "hiya", resulting in "hiya doin'". Compare to the development of goodbye, howdy-do. Also, compare howzit, whatcha doin'. pronunciation
  • /ˈhaɪjə.duːɪn/
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  1. (US, colloquial) A greeting. Tends to warrant a reply. "Ah, hello there, Frank!" "Hiya doin'?" "I'm doing well. Yourself?"
hizouse etymology {{infix}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) House.
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This word is particularly associated with African American Vernacular English (Ebonics), but has also entered into other slang varieties.
etymology 1 house + izzle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) House, residence. Jay Pizzle’s in the hizzle!
    • 2006, Alice Alfonsi, That's So Raven: Superstar, Disney Press (2006), ISBN 9780786838363, page 63: On Tuesdays and Thursdays he rocked the "hizzle" during lunch period.
    • 2008, "Events for Tuesday in New York", New York Daily News, 10 March 2008: Don't miss Snoop Dogg at the Blender Theater at Gramercy. The rapper will be performing hits from his album "Ego Trippin" and is sure to rock the hizzle.
    • 2009, Laurie McElroy, Hannah Montana: Wishful Thinking, Disney Press (2009), ISBN 9781423114215, page 76: "What? Just because I live in the White Hizzle doesn't mean I got no sizzle," said the president.
etymology 2 hell + izzle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Hell.
    • 2003, "Are You Ready for the Summer", Spin, July 2003: Perhaps no one understands what the hizzle Snoop Dogg is talking about, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers like what they're hearing {{…}}
    • 2006, Kasey Henricks, "Join me for a pj party at my place", The All State (Austin Peay State University), Volume 77, Number 17. 1 February 2006, page 3: At least, that's what our mentors have always told us, but what the hizzle are they talking about?
    • 2008, Doug Giles, If You're Going Through Hell, Keep Going, ReadHowYouWant (2008), ISBN 9781458747969, page 16: Hurricanes, though wickedly devastating, give you about a month to get the hizzle out of the way.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, US) eye dialect of His Honor, the mayor, especially of a large city.
    • 1930, John Bright, Hizzoner Big Bill Thompson: An Idyll of Chicago, [book title].
    • 1991, Max M. Kampelman, Entering New Worlds: The Memoirs of a Private Man in Public Life, page 56: Minnesota: Meet Hizzoner the Mayor... Canon... would go through an elaborate bowing-and-scraping routine as he addressed Hizzoner the Mayor.
    • 2002, James Gill, For James and Gillian: Jim Gill's New York, page 121: In 1989, they wrote a book, entitled His Eminence and Hizzoner, in which they set forth their differences in amicable fashion.
Cities in which the mayor is often called "Hizzoner" include Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans{{,}} and New York City. The term can, but not always, connote a sense of "hardball" common to American urban politics.
hizzoner etymology From his honor.
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (informal, often, humorous) Any mayor
    • 1930, John Bright, Hizonner Big Bill Thompson, Sharon Hill Books.
    • 1955 January 3, "Hizzoner the Heelobowie", Time,
      • Mike asked nothing in return for his generosity, but when election day came up, the contending candidates for mayor both withdrew and the villagers swarmed to the polls to elect Mike Colikas by a vote of 2,145 to 2.
    • 1996, Rachel C. Edwards, Hizzoner: A Day in the Life of a Village Mayor, Flats Publishing Company.
    • 1998, Stuart Woods, Swimming to Catalina, HarperCollins, page 103,
      • "He's the mayor's favorite golf partner. Once I had to deliver an envelope to hizzoner at the Bel-Air Country Club, and he introduced me to Sturmack."
    • 2001, Gene Roberts, et al., eds., Leaving Readers Behind: The Age of Corporate Newspapering, The University of Arkansas Press, page 7,
      • The publisher of Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner promises to stem his paper’s criticism of Mayor Willie Brown if Hizzoner doesn’t oppose Hearst's takeover of the rival Chronicle.
    • 2007 August 5, Kirsten Danis, "Hizzoner will honor jury-duty obligation", New York Daily News,
      • Not even Mayor Bloomberg is safe from jury duty.
hizzy Alternative forms: hizzie etymology Alteration of hizzle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A house, a residence. Yo, let’s go back to my hizzy.
ho pronunciation
  • (RP) /həʊ/
  • (US) /hoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English ho, hoo, probably from Old Norse hó!. Compare German ho, Old French ho !.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (nautical) Used to attract attention to something sighted, usually by lookout. Sail ho! Another boat is visible! Land ho! Land is visible! Man ho! A town is visible!
  2. halloo; hey; a call to excite attention, or to give notice of approach
    • Shakespeare What noise there, ho?
    • Shakespeare Ho! who's within?
    • Bishop Joseph Hall Ho! all ye females that would live unshent, / Fly from the reach of Cyned's regiment.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stop; a halt; a moderation of pace.
    • Decker There is no ho with them.
etymology 2 An eye dialect corruption of whore, from non-rhotic pronunciations considered typical of African American Vernacular English. Compare mo#Etymology 5, fo'.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. {{anchor}}(slang, pejorative) A whore; a sexually loose woman; in general use as a highly offensive name-calling word for a woman with connotations of loose sexuality. Bros before hos!
Synonyms: See also
  • oh, OH
hoarder etymology From hoard + er. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈhɔɹdɚ/, /ˈhoɹdɚ/
  • (RP) /ˈhɔːdə/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who hoards; one who accumulate, collect, and store.
Hoaxocaust etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (rare, offensive, used by Holocaust deniers) The Holocaust, seen as a hoax.
Synonyms: Holohoax
ho-bag Alternative forms: ho bag, hoe bag, hoe-bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A woman considered promiscuous.
    • 2001, , Sloppy Firsts, Three Rivers Press (2001), ISBN 0609807900, page 132: As far as he knew, I was just a ho-bag who makes a habit of screwing random guys on golf courses.
Synonyms: See also .
hobbitses etymology From the common use of this plural by Gollum in the fictional works by J. R. R. Tolkien.
noun: {{head}}
  1. (humorous, nonstandard) plural of hobbit
hobbity etymology hobbit + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Looking like a hobbit - short and unshaven; hobbitlike.
    • 2003, Tanuja Desai Hidier, Born Confused A patch of sidewalk scarlet with spat paan, two hobbity toe-haired toes flexing up-chappal in mid-wade.
    • 2004, Marybeth Bond, A Woman's Europe: True Stories A hobbity man wearing green boots appeared on the television screen across the room.
hobby bobby
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) special constable
hobbyhorsical etymology hobby horse + ical
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Pertaining to, or having, a hobby or whim; eccentric; whimsical.
{{Webster 1913}}
hobnob {{wikipedia}} etymology (1595–1605) From Old English habban and nabban, thus “have or have not”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A toast made while touching glasses together.
  2. A drinking together.
  3. An informal chat. The three friends had a hobnob outside the bar.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To toast one another by touching glasses.
    • 1828, William Carr, Dialect of Craven, in the Westriding of the County of York: I have frequently heard one gentleman, in company, say to another, will you hob-nob with me? When this challenge was accepted, the glasses were instantly filled, and then they made the glasses touch or kiss each other.
  2. To drink together.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, : Many a glass of wine have we all of us drank, I have very little doubt, hob-and-nobbing with the hospitable giver, and wondering how the deuce he paid for it.
  3. To associate in a friendly manner, often with those of a higher class or status. The ambitious young student hobnobbed with the faculty at the prestigious college he hoped to attend. His favorite spot in the club was the bar, where he could hobnob with the big-wigs.
    • {{RQ:Wodehouse Offing}}
    • 2001, , Lake Wobegon, Summer 1956 We are Sanctified Brethren, […] whom God has chosen to place in Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, a town of about twelve hundred in the center of the state, populated by German Catholics and Norwegian Lutherans, whom Scripture tells us to keep clear of, holding fast to the Principle of Separation […], which is not such a big problem for my people, because we are standoffish by nature and not given to hobnobbing with strangers. Separation is the exact right Principle for us.
Synonyms: fraternize
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (obsolete) At random; at a venture; hit and miss.
    • 1616, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night act III, scene iv: his incensement at this moment is so implacable that satisfaction can be none but by pangs of death, and sepulchre; hob-nob is his word, give’t or take’t.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. On friendly terms; in friendly association.
hobo {{wikipedia}} etymology unknown. Possibly a contraction of or the dialectal English term hawbuck. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhəʊ.bəʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A homeless, usually penniless person, in some way associated with a life along the rails.
  2. A migratory laborer
  3. (pejorative) A tramp, vagabond; hence bum
  • Often used attributive, as if an adjective. For example, "hobo stew", "he was leading a hobo life."
  • Hobos historically have loathed being grouped together with bums, whom they view as pure sheisty loafers. Tales of the Iron Road: My Life As King of the Hobos Hobos, on the other hand, were allegedly pure "migratory workers". Whether this is a case of "no true Scotsman", or was actually the case is unknown.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, perhaps pejorative) To be a hobo, tramp, bum etc. Joe idly hoboed through half the country till he realized hoboing never gets you anywhere in life.
  • boho, Boho
hobo jungle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) the area where homeless people live and sleep.
hock {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From hockamore, from the name of the German town of . pronunciation
  • (UK) /hɒk/
  • (US) /hɑk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still, from the Hochheim region, but often applied to all Rhenish wines.
etymology 2 From Middle English hoch, hough, hocke, from Old English hōh, from Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (compare West Frisian hakke, Dutch hak, Low German ), from Proto-Indo-European *kenk (compare Lithuanian kìnka ‘leg, thigh, knee-cap’, kenkle ‘knee-cap’, Sanskrit कङ्काल 〈kaṅkāla〉 ‘skeleton’)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The tarsal joint of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, pig or dog.
  2. Meat from that part of a food animal.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To disable by cutting the tendon of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.
etymology 3 {{rfv-etymology}} From Dutch hok.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. {{senseid}}(transitive, colloquial) To leave with a pawnbroker as security for a loan.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Pawn, obligation as collateral for a loan. He needed $750 to get his guitar out of hock at the pawnshop.
    • {{quote-news}}
  2. Debt. They were in hock to the bank for $35 million.
  3. Installment purchase.
    • The Mmm Girl: Marilyn Monroe, by Herself, page 28, Tara Hanks, 2007, “Later, Uncle Doc bought a couch on hock, then a bed.”
  4. Prison.
etymology 4 {{wikipedia}} Yiddish האַק 〈hʼaq〉, imperative singular form of האַקן 〈hʼaqn〉, from the idiomatic expression האַק מיר נישט קען טשײַניק 〈hʼaq myr nyşt qʻn tşyyanyq〉 Alternative forms: hak
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US) To bother; to pester; to annoy incessantly
  • Koch
hockey bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (ice hockey) a bag large enough to carry all the equipment of a hockey player ; a bag that carries hockey skate, hockey stick, shin pad, hockey pants, shoulder pad, hockey jersey, athletic underwear, cup, hockey helmet, neck guard, cud, hockey tape, water bottle, puck
  2. (Canada, slang) a bag the size of a hockey bag, a bag large enough to carry a body
hockey stick {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, ice hockey) A stick used to handle the puck in ice hockey, having a flat, angled blade at the end.
  2. (British, field hockey) A stick used to handle the ball in field hockey, having a flat-faced hook at the end.
  3. (slang) A playing card with the rank of seven.
  4. (slang) A statistical trend in a graph of survey data in which most of the results are flat and then suddenly peaks in a steep near-vertical direction.
etymology 1 Probably from hackle, a brush once used for fraying flax, and related to heckle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A knob in cordage caused by twisting against the lay.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To damage cordage by twisting against the lay.
etymology 2 From imperfect and past participle hockled; from present participle and verbal noun hockling. From hock.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To hamstring; to hock; to hough; to disable by cutting the tendons of the ham.
  2. (transitive) To mow, as stubble.
etymology 3 Probably onomatopoeic.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Geordie, vulgar) spit, spittle
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Geordie) To spit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of hocus-pocus
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, transitive) To cheat. {{rfquotek}}
hodad Alternative forms: etymology Surfer slang
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (surfing, slang) Someone who comes to the beach and has a surfboard, but never surf.
hoe {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /həʊ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /hoʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English howe, from xno houe, from frk *hauwa (compare Middle Dutch houwe), from *hauwan. More at hew.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An agricultural tool consisting of a long handle with a flat blade fixed perpendicular to it at the end, used for dig row.
    • 2009, TRU TV, 28 March: It was obvious that it consisted of several blows to the head from the hoe.
  2. The horned or piked dogfish.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To cut, dig, scrape, turn, arrange, or clean, with this tool. to hoe the earth in a garden Every year, I hoe my garden for aeration. I always take a shower after I hoe in my garden.
  2. (transitive) To clear from weed, or to loosen or arrange the earth about, with a hoe. to hoe corn
etymology 2 From non-rhotic whore. Alternative forms: ho
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) alternative spelling of ho.
    • 2002, Eithne Quinn, Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap […] this chapter […] will […] explore why pimp (and hoe) characters, with their dramatic staging of gendered and occupational relations […] have taken such hold of the black youth imagination
    • 2003, Dan Harrington, The Good Eye At school they had been among the only couples that had not done “it” at the Pimp & Hoe parties that popped up occasionally at the dorm
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (US, slang) alternative spelling of ho.
    • 2003, Da’rel the Relentless One, M. T. Pimp Pimpin’ came so naturally to MT when he and his sisters played pimp and hoe games that one of his sisters wanted to hoe for him when they grew up.
etymology 3 From Old English ho.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A piece of land that juts out towards the sea; a promontory.
  • Now used only in placenames e.g. "Plymouth Hoe".
hog {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (UK) 'og etymology From Middle English, from Old English hogg, hocg, possibly from Old Norse hǫggva, from Proto-Germanic *hawwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kowə-. Cognate with Old High German houwan, Old Saxon hauwan, Old English hēawan (English hew). "Hog" originally meant a castrate male pig. (Compare "hoggett" for a castrated male sheep.) More at hew. pronunciation
  • (RP) /hɒɡ/
  • (US) /hɑɡ/, /hɔːɡ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any animal belonging to the Suidae family of mammals, especially the pig, the warthog, and the boar.
  2. (specifically) An adult swine (contrasted with a pig, a young swine).
    • 2005 April, Live Swine from Canada, Investigation No. 731-TA-1076 (Final), publication 3766, April 2005, U.S. International Trade Commission (ISBN 1457819899), page I-9: Weanlings grow into feeder pigs, and feeder pigs grow into slaughter hogs. … Ultimately the end use for virtually all pigs and hogs is to be slaughtered for the production of pork and other products.
  3. A greedy person; one who refuses to share.
  4. (slang) A large motorcycle, particularly a .
  5. (UK) A young sheep that has not been shorn.
  6. (nautical) A rough, flat scrubbing broom for scrubbing a ship's bottom under water. {{rfquotek}}
  7. A device for mixing and stirring the pulp from which paper is made.
  8. (UK, historical, archaic slang, countable and uncountable) A shilling coin; its value, 12 old pence.
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, xxix ‘’Ere y’, the best rig-out you ever ’ad. A tosheroon [half a crown] for the coat, two ’og for the trousers, one and a tanner for the boots, and a ’og for the cap and scarf. That’s seven bob.’
    • 1961, Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang hog (pl hog). A shilling: orig. (ca 1670), c.; in C.19–20, low s.
  9. (UK, historical, obsolete slang, countable & uncountable) A tanner, a sixpence coin; its value.
    • 1961, Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang hog (pl hog)... 2. In C.18–early 19, occ. a sixpence: also c., whence the U.S. sense. Prob. ex the figure of a hog on a small silver coin.
  10. (UK, historical, obsolete slang, countable & uncountable) A half-crown coin; its value, 30 old pence.
    • 1961, Eric Partridge, The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang hog (pl hog)... 3. A half-crown: ca 1860–1910.
  • (shilling coins) white hog, black hog
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To greedily take more than one's share, to take precedence at the expense of another or others. Hey! Quit hogging all the blankets. 2000 DiCamillo, Kate Because of Winn-Dixie, Scholastic Inc., New York, Ch 15: The [...] air-conditioning unit didn't work very good, and there was only one fan; and from the minute me and Winn-Dixie got in the library, he hogged it all.
  2. (transitive) To clip the mane of a horse, making it short and bristly. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (nautical) To scrub with a hog, or scrubbing broom.
  4. (transitive, nautical) To cause the keel of a ship to arch upwards (the opposite of sag).
Synonyms: (take greedily) bogart
  • OHG, OHG.
hogger etymology hog + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of hog; one who, or that which, hogs.
    • 1994, James J Wilhelm, Ezra Pound: The Tragic Years, 1925-1972 Against these heroes are the puritans, the hoggers of profit, the shysters, the obfuscators, the do-nothings.
  2. A stocking without a foot, worn by coal miners at work.
  3. (slang) A marijuana cigarette
  4. (curling) A shot that comes to rest short of or on the far hog line and is removed from play
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of hog
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (slang) The targeting by men of overweight or obese women for sexual encounter, not due to sexual attraction but for amusement, or to take advantage of a female's stereotypical low self-esteem.
    • 2009, Esther D. Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, The fat studies reader (page 158) …hogging is used as a tool whereby men create and maintain masculinity.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (nautical) Drooping at the ends; arching; in distinction from sagging.
hog island etymology Late 19th century, akin to hog waller and hog town.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, pejorative) Any poor town or out-of-way place.
related terms:
  • hog waller
  • hog town
hogleg Alternative forms: hog's leg etymology From hog + leg.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) Any large caliber handgun, typically with a long barrel.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 228: A plain-clothes man with his coat off and his hog's leg looking like a fire plug against his ribs took one eye off his evening paper […].
    • 1975, Marty Robbins, ‘Shotgun Rider’: Well I been a-ridin' shotgun on the Houston-Dallas stage / I got me a sawed-off hogleg, twenty is the number gauge / I'd shoot anybody, that would try to stop this ride / A lot of outlaws tried it, a lot of outlaws died.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, pejorative) A yokel, a country bumpkin.
  2. {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, III.1.2.ii:
    • naught but his imperfections are in our eyes, he is a base knave, a devil, a monster, caterpillar, a viper, an hog-rubber, etc.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) Toronto.
  2. (US, informal) Chicago, Illinois.
hog town etymology Late 19th century, akin to hog waller and hog island.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, pejorative) Any poor town or out-of-way place.
related terms:
  • hog waller
  • hog island
hog waller etymology From hog + waller (pig bed), akin to hog island and hog town, late 19th century. It appears to have developed as a portrayal of some parts of the American rural South no later than 1915, when a syndicated column called The Hogwallow News can be documented as running in some American newspapers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, pejorative) Any poor town or out-of-way place, that is populated by hillbillies and their farm animals.
Alternative forms: hogwaller
related terms:
  • hog-wallowing
  • hog island
  • hog town
Synonyms: Podunk
hog-wallowing etymology From hog waller, late 19th century.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, US, pejorative) Pertaining to people from a poor rural town.
related terms:
  • hogwaller
  • hog island
  • hog town
hogwash pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) foolish talk or writing; nonsense.
  2. swill.
Synonyms: nonsense: bullshit, swill: slop, slops, See also
hoi polloi {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Ancient Greek οἱ πολλοί 〈hoi polloí〉. pronunciation
  • /ˌhɔɪ pəˈlɔɪ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}} (collective noun)
  1. The common people; the masses. (Used with or without the definite article.)
    • 1936, George Ralph Doyle, Twenty-Five Years of Films: Reminiscences and Reflections of a Critic (The Mitre Press), page 52 Actually, a large proportion of these ingénues have been merely good-looking working girls — hoi pretty polloi, if you like — who wished to become Hollywoodnymphs, and obtained their first chance through winning one of the countless varieties of that damnable institution, the beauty contest.
    • 1953 January, District of Columbia Library Association in Washington, D.C. Libraries, volume 24, number 1, page 1 But what, pray tell, is a “librarian”? Consult the same infallible source and you will learn: “One who has the care or charge of a library.” And where does that leave the most of us, hoi great unwashed polloi who have neither the “care” nor the “charge” of a library?
    • 1975, Australasian Ornithologists’ Union, , volumes 75–76, page 91 Being of hoi ornithological polloi and having been a stranger in some strange lands, I cheer the result because it seems to me that anyone visiting Britain for the first time can now find out quickly and accurately what birds he is likely to see where, when and how commonly.
    • 1978 September 28, British Broadcasting Corporation, The Listener, volumes 100–101, page 409 Who’s the nurk at the Corporation, with O-levels in pondlife and master baking, who kept the four-quid handsome edition back to November, and put out a grotty little paperback for the nondescripts and hoi-bleeding-polloi in September?
    • 1985, David Batchelor, Why Tilbury? (J. Cape; ISBN 0224023209, 9780224023207), page 74 Briar took Travers’ elbow and withdrew him, he hated hoi giggly polloi.
    • 2000 March 6, 9:00am, Arthur T. Murray, sci.econ (), “Proletarians of the World Wide Web, unite against ICANN!”, Message ID: <>#1/1 Holding the meeting in Egypt is a Machiavellian way to look international but in reality to prevent hoi Interent polloi from attending the meeting.
    • 2004 March 21, 2:00pm, Sheila Miguez Herndon, chi.eats (Usenet newsgroup), “Re: Chocolate souffle needed in Chicago limits”, Message ID: <> Post a summary here for hoi unwashed polloi.
    • 2010, Guy Deutscher, Through the Language Glass, Arrow 2011, page 59: Naturally, the anthropological society did not wish to share its business with hoi polloi, so Herr Hagenbeck kindly offered them a private viewing.
    • 2011, John Naughton, The Guardian, 8 May 2011: John Carey argued that most of our culture's esteemed thinkers over several centuries despised the masses and devoted much of their efforts to excluding the hoi-polloi from cultural life.
  2. (proscribed) The elite.
    • Play Parade, 334, 5FGqAAAAIAAJ, Noël Coward, 1934, Our moral standards sway Like Mrs. Tanqueray, And we are theoretically Most aesthetically Eager to display The fact that we're aggressively And excessively Anxious to destroy All the snobbery And hob-nobbery Of the hoi-polloi.
    • Stories of Misbegotten Love: Stories, 135, sPiwAAAAIAAJ, Herbert Gold, 1985, "Maybe eating lunch on Nob Hill with your friends the hoi polloi." She didn't mean hoi polloi; but if you roll that phrase around your tongue long enough it can acquire a deceptive taste of affluence. "I don't have any hoi polloi friends"[.]
    • The Girl with the Phony Name, 0312081987, Charles Mathes, 1992, "You gotta have references from the hoi polloi or else the MacDonalds won't give you the time of day. You don't happen to know the Queen, do you?"
    • The Assassin, 1440635781, W.E.B. Griffin, 1993, "Always the fashion plate, aren't you, Peter", the mayor said as he shook Wohl's hand. “Even when you were a little boy.”&nbsp; “I've been out hobnobbing with the hoi polloi, Mr. Mayor.”&nbsp;/ “Which hoi polloi would that be?” the mayor asked, chuckling.&nbsp;/ “Captain Pekach's fiancée.
    • Lucky, 352, 0671023489, Jackie Collins, 1998, "I'm very insulted," she stated, picking at her nail polish.&nbsp;/ "Why?"&nbsp;/ "Am I, Alice Golden, former star of Las Vegas — Lennie inherited everything he knows from me&nbsp;— not good enough to sit at the dinner table with the likes of the hoi polloi?"
    • Rivers of Gold: A Novel, 15, 1608194280, Adam Dunn, 2010, He sees me as some shiny piece of rough trade in from the boroughs to hobnob with Manhattan's hoi polloi, a chance find that adds a dash of edgy color to his safe, easy life[.]
    • The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel, 216, 039307725X, Jerome Charyn, 2011, It had chandeliers and potted plants, elephantine tables and plush velvet chairs, and it was filled with the hoi polloi I had met on Magazine Street—men in high hats and women in the finest bonnets and bustles.
  • As hoi represents a definite article in Ancient Greek, some authorities consider that the construction the hoi polloi is redundant and should not be used in English. The OED says "In English use normally preceded by the def. article even though hoi means ‘the’".
  • The second definition is opposed to the first; it arose from a misunderstanding of the term, probably under influence of such terms as hoity-toity, and is often considered incorrect.[]
Synonyms: (common people) the canaille, the common people, the great unwashed, the herd, the many, the masses, the multitude, the peasantry (when used figuratively), the plebs, the proletariat (as a class), the rabble, the rank-and-file, the riffraff, the working class
  • (elite) the elite
hojillion etymology See + illion
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, hyperbole, rare) An unspecified large number (of).
Synonyms: See also .
etymology 1 From Middle English.
  1. (obsolete) alternative form of hook
    • 1535, , (translators), The ii boke of Moses [Exodus] 28, , unnumbered page, Thou shalt make hokes of golde also, and two wrethē cheynes of pure golde, and shalt fasten them vnto the hokes.
related terms:
  • hoked (adjective)
etymology 2 From hokum.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To ascribe a false or artificial quality to; to pretend falsely to have some quality or to be doing something, etc.
    • 1993, Reed Whittemore, Jack London, Six Literary Lives, page 70, He even checked the Thomas Cooke & Son travel people about how to get to the East End (here he was hoking a bit), learning that they were ready to advise him on how to journey to any point in the world except the East End. Then he hailed a cab and found (here he was hoking further) that the cab driver didn't know how to get there either.
    • 1999, David Lewis, 15: Humean Supervenience Debugged, Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology, Volume 2, page 228, If we define partitions of alternative cases by means of ingeniously hoked-up properties, we can get the principle to say almost anything we like.
    • 2008, Terry Penner, 12: The Forms and the Sciences in Socrates and Plato, Hugh H. Benson (editor), A Companion to Plato, page 179, If it be asked how we come to talk about them, the answer is: for purposes of rejecting these misbegotten creatures of sophistic imaginations, “hoked up” with such things as interest, strength, and the like, which do exist, although only outside of these combinations.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Something contrived or artificial.
etymology 3 Compare Scots howk.
etymology {{rfe}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Ireland) To scrounge, to grub.
    • 1987, , Terminus, , 2010, unnumbered page, When I hoked there, I would find / An acorn and a rusted bolt
    • 2000, , The Little Hammer, unnumbered page, We met when I was hoking about in the rocks – just the sort of thing a virtual only child does to put in the day.
hokey Alternative forms: hokie, hoaky, hoky etymology From the verb hoke, from hokum. pronunciation
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  1. (US, colloquial) phony, as if a hoax; noticeably contrived; of obviously flimsy credibility or quality
    • When asked for his book report, Chad came up a series of hokier and hokier excuses, until he finally admitted that he hadn’t done it at all.
    • I thought the bargain-priced windshield wiper blades were a little hokey when I saw their cheap packaging, but when they flew off the end of the wiper during a rainstorm, I knew for sure.
  2. (US, colloquial) corny; overly or unbelievably sentimental
    • Terry hated going to the cinema with Pat, as Pat always chose hokey romantic comedies that made Terry want to gag.
Synonyms: (fake) phony, (sentimental) cheesy, corny, kitschy
related terms:
  • hokiness
  • hoke
  • hokum
hola etymology Borrowing from Spanish hola.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) hello, hi, hey
  • halo, HALO
hold'em Alternative forms: holdem, hold em
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Texas hold 'em
  • dolmeh
hold the purse strings Alternative forms: hold the pursestrings, hold the purse-strings
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To be in control of spending; to have financial power and responsibility.
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noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of hold-up
  2. (UK, colloquial, plurale tantum) Women's stockings designed to be worn without suspenders.
    • 2007, Lisa Hilton, "I cheated...", The Observer, 8 Jul 07: Yet the conventions of cheating possess an odd kind of romance, of the love affair perpetually stalled in its first stages, when no one on the platform at Paddington knows you're only wearing hold-ups under your mac and you can briefly return to the drama of being the woman you thought had died of boredom somewhere on the thousand-and-eleventh trip to Waitrose.
  • holds up
  • upholds
hold your fire
phrase: {{head}}
  1. Do not discharge your weapon. Used originally for weapons needing a spark or lighting of a fuse to ignite gunpowder, now sometimes used to mean any weapon launching a projectile.
  2. (colloquial, idiomatic) Wait, don't retaliate, calm down, be quiet. Hold your fire and let me explain.
  • return fire
hole {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English hole, hol, from Old English hol, from Proto-Germanic *hulą noun derivative of Proto-Germanic *hulaz. Compare Dutch hol, Walloon hol, German Höhle, Swedish hål, Faroese hol. More at hollow. pronunciation
  • (RP) /həʊl/, [həʊɫ], /hɒʊl/, [hɒʊɫ]
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  • (US) /hoʊl/, [hoʊɫ]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure. exampleThere’s a hole in my shoe.&emsp; {{nowrap}} 〈There’s a hole in my shoe.&emsp; {{nowrap}}
    • Bible, 2 Books of Kings xii.9: The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) the holes where eyes should be
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) The blind walls were full of chinks and holes.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
    1. An opening in a solid. exampleThere’s a hole in my bucket. 〈There’s a hole in my bucket.〉
  2. (heading) In games.
    1. (golf) A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass.
    2. (golf) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes. exampleI played 18 holes yesterday.&emsp; {{nowrap}}
    3. (baseball) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman. exampleThe shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.
    4. (chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
    5. (stud poker) A card (also called a hole card) dealt face down thus unknown to all but its holder; the status in which such a card is.
    6. In the game of fives, part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.
  3. (archaeology, slang) An excavation pit or trench.
  4. (figuratively) A weakness, a flaw exampleI have found a hole in your argument.
    • 2011, - We Are Young But between the drinks and subtle things / The holes in my apologies, you know / {{nowrap}}
  5. (informal) A container or receptacle. examplecar hole;&emsp; brain hole
  6. (physics) In semiconductor, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
  7. (computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
  8. (slang anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus.
  9. (Ireland, idiomatic) sex, or a sex partner (particularly in the phrase, "get one's hole")) Are you going out to get your hole tonight?
  10. (informal, with “the”) Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
  11. (slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel. exampleHis apartment is a hole!
  12. (figurative) Difficulty, in particular, debt. exampleIf you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  13. (graph theory) A chordless cycle in a graph.
Synonyms: See also , (solitary confinement) administrative segregation, AdSeg, block (UK), cooler (UK), hotbox, lockdown, pound, SCU, security housing unit, SHU, special handling unit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface). exampleShrapnel holed the ship's hull.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To destroy. exampleShe completely holed the argument.
  3. To go or get into a hole. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in. to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
  5. (transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball. exampleWoods holed a standard three foot putt
  6. en-simple past of hele
  • OHLE
hole in the head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A gunshot wound.
  2. (slang) Something very undesirable or unwanted.
hole-in-the-wall Alternative forms: hole in the wall
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small or obscure place, especially such a restaurant.
  2. (colloquial, chiefly, British) An automated teller machine (ATM).
Although either plural can be used for both meanings, hole-in-the-walls tends to be most commonly used for the "obscure place" sense, and holes-in-the-wall is more frequently used to mean "automated teller machines". The British sense of an automated teller machine may have originated as a trademark of .
hole punch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tool that is used to make holes in stationery for ease of filing
Synonyms: perforator
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To punch holes using a hole punch.
holiday {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English holiday, halidei, haliȝdei, from Old English haligdæd, equivalent to holy + day. Cognate with Danish helligdag, Swedish helgdag, Norwegian helligdag. pronunciation
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  • (UK) /ˈhɒlɪdeɪ/
  • (US) /ˈhɑləˌdeɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observe. Today is a Wiccan holiday!
  2. A day declared free from work by the state or government.
  3. A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
  4. A period during which pupil and student do not attend their school or university. exampleI want to take a French course this summer holiday.
  5. A period taken off work or study for travel or leisure.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or…. And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.”
  6. An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. (accessed: June 26, 2007).
Synonyms: (day on which a festival, etc, is traditionally observed): feast day (celebratory religious event), (day declared free from work by the government): Bank Holiday (UK), national holiday, (period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure): leave, time off, (period taken off work or study for travel): vacation (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. (British) To spend a period of time for travel.
  • hyaloid
holla pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒlə/
  • (US) /ˈhɑlə/
etymology 1
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. alternative form of hollo
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. alternative form of hollo
etymology 2 From holler
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To shout out or greet casually.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) what's up; a greeting
  • hallo
hollow {{slim-wikipedia}} Alternative forms: holler (nonstandard: dialectal, especially Southern US) pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒl.əʊ/
  • (US) /ˈhɑ.loʊ/
    • (Southern US) /hɑlɚ/
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etymology 1 Middle English holw, holh, from Old English hol, from Proto-Germanic *hulaz (compare Dutch hol, German hohl, Danish hul), from Proto-Indo-European *k̑ówHilo- (compare Albanian thellë, Ancient Greek κοῖλος 〈koîlos〉, Avestan {{rfscript}}, Sanskrit {{rfscript}}), from *k̑ówH-. More at cave.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside. a hollow tree; a hollow sphere
  2. (of a sound) Distant, eerie; echo, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched. a hollow moan {{rfquotek}}
  3. (figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless. a hollow victory
  4. (figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious. a hollow promise
  5. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
    • Shakespeare With hollow eye and wrinkled brow.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) Completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.
etymology 2 Middle English holow, earlier holgh, from Old English holh', from hol. See above.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small valley between mountains; a low spot surrounded by elevations.
    • Prior Forests grew upon the barren hollows.
    • Tennyson I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.
    He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.
  2. A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial. the hollow of the hand or of a tree
  3. (US) A sunken area.
  4. (figuratively) A feeling of emptiness. a hollow in the pit of one's stomach
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive)
etymology 3 Compare holler.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.
    • Sir Walter Scott He has hollowed the hounds.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. alternative form of hollo
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Hollyweird etymology {{blend}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (pejorative) informal form of Hollywood
    • 2013, William Walling, It's Too Late to Leave Early: An Aerospace Fable Too much of that nauseous business goes on at Muscle Beach, in Hollyweird and the other cesspools.
Hollywoodese etymology Hollywood + ese
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The jargon associated with the film-making industry in Hollywood.
holmes pronunciation
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etymology 1 Possibly a combination of Holmes (the fictional detective) and a contraction of homeboy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An informal address, like man or dude. Hey, holmes! What's up?
etymology 2 See holme
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of holme
  • mohels
Holohoax Alternative forms: Holo-hoax, Holo-Hoax, holohoax etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (offensive, used by Holocaust deniers) The Holocaust viewed as an event which is fabricated and did not happen.
Synonyms: Hoaxocaust
hols etymology Shortened from holiday pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (British, informal) Holiday (time off work or time spent travelling). Where are you off on your hols this year?
holy etymology From Middle English holi, hali, from Old English hāliġ, hāleġ, from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz, from Proto-Germanic *hailaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus 〈*kóh₂ilus〉, equivalent to whole + y. Cognate with Scots haly, Western Frisian hillich, Low German hillig, Dutch heilig, German heilig, Danish hellig, Swedish helig. More at whole. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈhəʊli/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈhoʊli/
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  1. Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god. I'm planning to visit the holy city of Mecca this Ramadan.
  2. Revered in a religion.
  3. Perfect or flawless.
  4. Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
  5. Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
  6. (slang) Used as an intensifier in various interjection. Holy cow, I can’t believe he actually lost the race!
Synonyms: (dedicated to a religious purpose or a god) sacred, (revered in a religion) sacred, (perfect, flawless) faultless, flawless, perfect, (separated or set apart from something) sanctified, (set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose) reserved, special
  • (dedicated to a religious purpose or a god)
  • (revered in a religion) profane, secular, unholy, worldly
  • (perfect, flawless) damaged, defective, faulty, flawed, imperfect
  • (separated or set apart from something)
  • (set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose) common
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.
    • Franz von Reber, Joseph Thacher Clarke, History of Ancient Art (1882) p. 146: The holy of holies, a cubical space of ten cubits on the side, was separated from the larger antechamber by four columns, which were also covered with gold and stood upon silver sockets; they bore a second curtain of four colors.
holy crap
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) An expression of amazement: holy cow, holy shit.
  • polyarch
holy fuck
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar slang) Expression of terror, awe, surprise, shock, etc., often at something seen for the first time or remembered immediately before using this term.
    • 1967, Harvard University, Harvard advocate, Volumes 101-102, page 7: Will cash my lucky stars on the bank. Holy Fuck — it sags. It cracks."
Synonyms: holy shit, See also
holy guacamole
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) An exclamation said when surprised, used when in shock or disbelief. Holy guacamole, that's a big fish!
holy hour
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Christianity) the hour of fast and prayer before communion is to be taken.
  2. (Ireland, informal) the hour between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm that pub formerly had to shut to comply with licencing laws.
holy mackerel etymology Recorded from 1803 with uncertain origin, but possibly a euphemism for Holy Mary, with Mackerel being a nickname for Catholics because they ate the fish on Fridays. Another suggested explanation is the practice of selling mackerel on Sundays in the seventeenth century (because its quality deteriorates rapidly), so it was known as a holy fish.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. (idiomatic, humorous or euphemistic) An expression of surprise.
    • 1951, Marguerite Wallace Kennedy, My Home on the Range, Ch.3 Holy Mackerel! Here Comes the Bride!"
Synonyms: holy cow, holy moley, holy smoke, holy guacamole, holy crap, holy shit
holy moley Alternative forms: holy moly! etymology c. 1892
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, dated, humorous or euphemistic) An expression of surprise
Synonyms: holy cow, holy mackerel, holy smoke
Holy of Holies {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. The most sacred place within a sacred building.
    • 1882. Franz von Reber, Joseph Thacher Clarke, History of Ancient Art, page 146: The holy of holies, a cubical space of ten cubits on the side, was separated from the larger antechamber by four columns, which were also covered with gold and stood upon silver sockets; they bore a second curtain of four colors.
  2. (informal, humorous) One's private retreat, inner sanctum.
Holy Roller etymology From the fact that devout Pentecostals would roll on the floor of the church as a sign of being possessed by the Holy Spirit.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, usually derogatory) A member of any Christian church characterized by ecstatic behaviour; especially of the Pentecostal Church. I attended a worship service where I was astounded to see holy rollers convulsing on the floor and speaking in tongues.
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  2. (informal, pejorative) A devoutly religious Christian person. She's such a holy roller that she steers every conversation around to the joys of religion.
holy shit etymology From holy and shit. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhəʊli ʃɪt/
  • (US) /ˈhoʊli ʃɪt/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) Expression of terror, awe, surprise, astonishment, etc., often at something seen for the first time or remembered immediately before using this term. Holy shit, that car just exploded!
Holy Trinity etymology holy + Trinity
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (Christianity) The three persons of the Godhead: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  2. (US, informal) Three prestigious colleges in the US: Harvard, Yale, and Princeton
  3. (US, informal) celery, bell pepper and onion, three important ingredients in Cajun cuisine
Synonyms: (three persons of the Godhead) Trinity, (three persons of the Godhead) Threeness, (three persons of the Godhead) Holy Threeness
home {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English home, hom, hoom, ham, from Old English hām, from Proto-Germanic *haimaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóymos 〈*ḱóymos〉. {{rel-top}} Germanic cognates: see *haimaz. Cognate with Irish caoimh, Lithuanian kaimas, šeima, Albanian komb, Church Slavic сѣмь 〈sѣmʹ〉, Ancient Greek κώμη 〈kṓmē〉, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- 〈*ḱey-〉 (compare Hittite , Ancient Greek κεῖμαι 〈keîmai〉, Latin civis, Avestan , Sanskrit . {{rfscript}} {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /həʊm/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /hoʊm/
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) A dwelling.
    1. One’s own dwell place; the house or structure in which one live; especially the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one’s family; also, one’s birthplace.
      • {{circa}} William Tyndale, , xx, 10: And the disciples wet awaye agayne vnto their awne home.
      • 1808, John Dryden, Walter Scott (editor), The Works of John Dryden: Thither for ease and soft repose we come: / Home is the sacred refuge of our life; / Secured from all approaches, but a wife.
      • 1822, John Howard Payne, Home! Sweet Home!: Home! home! sweet, sweet home! / There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.
      • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
      • {{quote-magazine}} Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
    2. The place where a person was raise; Childhood or parental home; home of one’s parents or guardian.
      • 2004, Jean Harrison, Home: The rights listed in the UNCRC cover all areas of children's lives such as their right to have a home and their right to be educated.
    3. The abiding place of the affection, especially of the domestic affections.
      • 1837, George Gordon Byron, Don Juan: He enter'd in the house—his home no more, / For without hearts there is no home;…
    4. A place of refuge, rest or care; an asylum. examplea home for outcasts;&emsp; a home for the blind;&emsp; a veterans' home
    5. (by extension) The grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
      • 1769, King James Bible, Oxford Standard text, , xii, 5: …because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: …
  2. One’s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one’s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
    • 1863, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Our Old Home: A Series of English Sketches: Visiting these famous localities, and a great many others, I hope that I do not compromise my American patriotism by acknowledging that I was often conscious of a fervent hereditary attachment to the native soil of our forefathers, and felt it to be our own Old Home.
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,…a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 1980, Peter Allen, song, I Still Call Australia Home: I've been to cities that never close down / From New York to Rio and old London town / But no matter how far or how wide I roam / I still call Australia home.
  3. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat. examplethe home of the pine
    • 1706, Matthew Prior, An Ode, Humbly Inscribed to the Queen, on the ẛucceẛs of Her Majeẛty's Arms, 1706, as republished in 1795, Robert Anderson (editor), The Works of the British Poets: …Flandria, by plenty made the home of war, / Shall weep her crime, and bow to Charles r'estor'd,{{nb...}}
    • 1849, Alfred Tennyson, : Her eyes are homes of silent prayer, / Nor other thought her mind admits / But, he was dead, and there he sits, / And he that brought him back is there.
    • {{quote-magazine}} Africa is home to so many premier-league diseases (such as AIDS, childhood diarrhoea, malaria and tuberculosis) that those in lower divisions are easily ignored.
  4. (heading) A focus point.
    1. (gaming, in various games) The ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal. exampleThe object of Sorry! is to get all four of your pawns to your home.
    2. (baseball) Home plate.
    3. (lacrosse) The place of a player in front of an opponent’s goal; also, the player.
    4. (Internet) The landing page of a website; the site's homepage.
  5. (US, slang) Shortened form of homeboy.
    • 2008, Breaking Bad, Cancer Man: Jesse Pinkman: Hey, homes. I'm joking! OK? I'm totally joking!
Synonyms: (one’s own dwelling place) tenement, house, dwelling, abode, domicile, residence, ((baseball) home plate) home base
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (usually with "in on") To seek or aim for something. The missile was able to home in on the target.
    • 2008 July, Ewen Callaway, New Scientist: Much like a heat-seeking missile, a new kind of particle homes in on the blood vessels that nourish aggressive cancers, before unleashing a cell-destroying drug.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or pertaining to one’s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
  2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To one’s home or country. go home, come home, carry home.
    • 1863, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Our Old Home: A Series of English Sketches, He made no complaint of his ill-fortune, but only repeated in a quiet voice, with a pathos of which he was himself evidently unconscious, "I want to get home to Ninety-second Street, Philadelphia."
  2. Close; closely.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, dedication to the Duke of Buckingham, in Essays Civil and Moral, I do now publish my Essays; which of all my other works have been most current : for that, as it seems, they come home to men's business and bosoms.
    • 1718, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached at Several Times, And upon ẛeveral Occasions, How home the charge reaches us, has been made out by ẛhewing with what high impudence ẛome amongẛt us defend sin, ...
  3. To the place where it belong; to the end of a course; to the full length. to drive a nail home; to ram a cartridge home
    • c.1603, William Shakespeare The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, Act 5, Scene 1, ... Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home: ...
  4. In one's place of residence or one's customary or official location; at home. Everyone's gone to watch the game; there's nobody home.
  5. (UK, soccer) Into the goal.
    • 2004, Tottenham 4-4 Leicester, : February, Walker was penalised for a picking up a Gerry Taggart backpass and from the resulting free-kick, Keane fired home after Johnnie Jackson's initial effort was blocked.
  6. (internet) To the home page. Click here to go home.
  • home is often used in the formation of compound words, many of which need no special definition; as, home-brewed, home-built, home-grown, etc.
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  • homing
  • homeless
  • homely
  • homeowner
  • homestead
  • homey, homy
  • home away from home
  • home and dry
  • home and hosed
  • home free
  • parental home
  • hometown
  • {{rank}}
homeboy etymology 20th century United States Latino-American urban slang. Originated from travelers to metropolitan areas derived from American English as a {{blend}}. However modern use is mostly by African-Americans and Latinos in the United States. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈhoʊm.bɔɪ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Someone, particularly a male acquaintance, from one’s hometown.
  2. (colloquial) A close friend or fellow member of a youth gang.
  3. (colloquial) A person.
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  • holmes
  • homegirl
  • homey
  • homie

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