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huckle etymology From huck (from Middle English hoke, hokebone, probably so called because of its round shape) + le. See also hook. pronunciation
  • /ˈhʌkəl/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) The hip, the haunch.
    • 1676, A Way to Get Wealth, Book I, page 5 example… which approves a quick gathering up of his legs withoute pain, his huckle bones round and hidden,
    • 1687, The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha and His Trusty Squire (translated by JP), Book II, page 433: exampleAt what time Don Quixote, who had very much bruis'd his Huckle-bone, with a Hipshot grace approaching the Lady fell upon his Knees …
    • 1837, John French Burke, British husbandry: exhibiting the farming practice, page 392: exampleNext, the hand may be laid upon his huckle-bones, and if the parts there likewise feel firm, round, and plump, it may be safely concluded that he is well fed both externally and internally, — that is, both in flesh and tallow.
  2. A bunch or part projecting like the hip. {{rfquotek}}
  3. (Geordie, pejorative) A homosexual man.
hucklebuck etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A rhythmic dance from the time just prior to rock and roll.
    • 1948, Paul Williams, The hucklebuck, quoted in Talkin' that talk (1986), page 168
    • 1949, Roy Alfred (lyrics), Andy Gibson (music): It's the dance you should know, when the lights are down low, / Grab your baby, then go, do the hucklebuck, do the hucklebuck, / If you don't know how to do it, boy, you're out of luck, / Push your partner out, then you hunch your back, / Have a little movement in your sacroiliac, / Wiggle like a snake, wobble like a duck, / That's the way you do it when you do the hucklebuck.
    • 1995, John W. Roberts, From Hucklebuck to Hip Hop: Social Dance in the African-American Community (ISBN 0788137867)
  2. (New Orleans) A treat consisting of frozen Kool-Aid served in a dixie cup.
    • 1988, Arthur Pfister, "My Name is New Orleans", re-printed in Arthur Pfister, My Name is New Orleans: 40 Years of Poetry & Other Jazz, Margaret Media, Inc. (2009) ISBN 978-0-9616377-7-4, page 5: I am turtle soup, gator soup, tenderloin catfish, shrimp saute Shrimp Samantha, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp, peeled ice shrimp, Crabmeat au gratin, berled crab, stuffed crab, Shrimp Newberg, Shrimp etoufeé, Bananas Foster, Hubig’s Pies, Roman Candy, pralines, and hucklebucks. . .
    • 2005, Mona Lisa Saloy, Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems, Truman State University Press (2005), ISBN 9781931112536, page 91: So, we made soul food, hucklebucks, corn pone, and bread pudding, gumbo, and greyas.
    • 2011, Beverly Jacques Anderson, Cherished Memories: Snapshots of Life and Lessons from a 1950s New Orleans Creole Village, iUniverse (2011), ISBN 9781462003211, page 47: We waited for the Good Humor ice cream truck to get ice cream on a stick, huckle bucks, popsicles, or vanilla or chocolate ice cream in a small cup.
  3. (slang, derogatory) A hillbilly or otherwise culturally backwards person.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To dance the hucklebuck.
    • 1948, Paul Williams, "The Hucklebuck", quoted in Jean-Paul Levet, Talkin' That Talk, Soul Bag (1986), ISBN 2905980001, page 168: "We jumped* and boped* and stamped around the floor, we hucklebucked until my back is sore but honey, wont{{SIC}} you waltz with me once more*.
    • 1957, Herbert Simmons, Corner Boy, Houghton Mifflin (1957), page 58: The guys stood around the jukebox applejacking and hucklebucking to the music...
    • 1995, Wesley Brown, Tragic Magic, Ecco Press (1995), ISBN 9780880014014, page 37: {{…}} Thanks to jazz my toes don't knock no more. I cold-turkeyed to Bird doin 'Now's the Time,' and hucklebucked out a the spell of heroin. {{…}}
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    • 2005, Adam Mansbach, Angry Black White Boy: The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay, Three Rivers Press (2005), ISBN 1400054877, page 151: Macon hucklebucked eleven flights rather than risk one elevator stare.
    • 2011, Jay Nelson, Cold Creek, Xlibris (2011), ISBN 1462845002, page 646: It is only a game. I join the rhythmic clapping that always follows the fight song while the last of the players extracts himself from the stands and hucklebucks his way to join the milling, weight-shifting, pocketjammed team, …
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Huevos rancheros, a Mexican breakfast dish
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  2. (slang) testicles
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) The act of inhaling psychoactive inhalants.
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of huff
hugaholic etymology hug + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous, rare) One who loves giving or receiving hug.
    • 1989, Vegetarian Times, Issue 139, March 1989, page 87: ENCHANTING, RAINBOW-CHEERING, SWF, 37, raspberry-addicted, rural, hugaholic seeks position as soulmate, wife, stay-at-home Munchkin-rearer.
    • 1993, Jimmie Shreve, Square Peg in a Round Hole: Coping with Learning Differences at Home, in School and at Work, Square Peg Enterprises (1993), ISBN 9780963942104, page 32: You might even call me a "hugaholic. " I need my daily hugs.
    • 2001, Bisexual and Gay Husbands: Their Stories, Their Words (eds. Fritz Klein & Tom Schwartz), Harrington Park Press (2001), ISBN 9781560231660, page 160: As for hugging, I'm a shameless hugaholic. Thankfully, I'm acquainted with a large number of other hugaholics, male and female.
huge etymology From Middle English huge, from Old French ahuge, from , from a + hoge, from frk *haug, *houg or Old Norse haugr, both from Proto-Germanic *haugaz, from Proto-Indo-European *koukos. Akin to Old High German houg (whence German Hügel), Icelandic haugr, Lithuanian kaũkaras, Old High German hōh (whence German hoch), Old English hēah. More at high. pronunciation
  • (UK) /hjuːdʒ/, [çju̟ːd͡ʒ]
    • (New York) /juːdʒ/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Very large. exampleThe castle was huge.
  2. (slang) Distinctly interesting, significant, important, likeable, well regarded. exampleOur next album is going to be huge!  In our league our coach is huge!
Synonyms: (very large) colossal, enormous, giant, gigantic, immense, prodigious, vast, See also
  • (very large) tiny, small, minuscule, midget, dwarf
hugemungous etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorous) extremely large
huggle etymology Frequentative of hug: hug + le.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, childish) To hug and snuggle simultaneously: gesture of tender non-sexual affection.
    • , e.g. in William Allingham, The ballad book: a selection of the choicest British ballads, Sever and Francis, 1865, p. 269. Lie still, lie still, thou little Musgrave, | And huggle me from the cold; | 'tis nothing but a shepherds boy, | A-driving his sheep to fold.
  2. (Internet) To hug and cuddle.
  3. (archaic) To huddle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, childish) A hug while snuggling: gesture of tender non-sexual affection.
Hughie Alternative forms: Huey
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Hugh.
  2. (Australia) Imaginary god or higher power responsible for rain. 1981: As soon as they see me scurrying around picking up snorkels and flippers they know the Big Wet is on its way. The skies will open and Hughie will send it down. — , Nature's a Nice Place to Visit, from Tanner With Words, 1981. Quoted in Aussie Humour, Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-7251-0553-4, page 93.
  3. (surfing, chiefly, humorous) Imaginary god who creates surf (waves, and associated conditions). 2006: Pipe scowled. “Hughie... send us swell! Not just any swell, but a grand macking swell! In return, we pray you will accept this near-virginal surfboard sacrifice that we make in your name!” — DC Green, Surf Europe
huh etymology {{rfe}} pronunciation
  • /hʌ̃/
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interjection: {{en-interj}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (with falling pitch) used to express amusement or subtle surprise. Huh! I'm sure I locked it when I left.
  2. Used to express doubt or confusion. Huh? Where did they go?
  3. (with rising pitch) Used to reinforce a question. Where were you last night? Huh?
  4. {{rft-sense}} (slang, with falling pitch) Used either to belittle the issuer of a statement/question, or sarcastically to indicate utter agreement, and that the statement being responded to is an extreme understatement. The intonation is changed to distinguish between the two meanings - implied dullness for belittlement, and feigned surprise for utter agreement. (belittlement) A:"We should go to an amusement park, it would be fun." B:"Huh." (agreement) A""Murder is bad." B:"Huh!"
  5. (informal, with rising pitch) Used to indicate that one did not hear what was said. Huh? Could you speak up?
  6. (informal, with falling pitch) Used to create a tag question. It's getting kind of late, huh?
huh-uh Alternative forms: uh-uh pronunciation
  • [ˈhʌ̃.ʔʌ̃]
  • There is a glottal stop separating the two syllables. Both syllables are nasalize.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (informal) no "Have you eaten yet?" "Huh-uh."
  • uh-huh
Hulkamania etymology Hulk + -a- + -mania
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) Enthusiasm for the professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea).
related terms:
  • Hulkamaniac
Hulkamaniac etymology Hulk + -a- + -maniac
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A fan of the professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea).
    • 2007, R. D. Reynolds, Blade Braxton, The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists! (page 322) This DVD also addresses the long-rumored belief that the defense's main argument was, “But only like twelve people even bought that show.” A must for every Hulkamaniac.
    • 2005, Nicholas Sammond, Steel chair to the head I argued that the presentational skills he learned in wrestling — how to work a crowd, how to build a promo up to its crescendo, and how to connect with the Hulkamaniac generation — made him the ideal third-party candidate.
related terms:
  • Hulkamania
hullabaloo etymology The Oxford English Dictionary has this as a native English word, first appearing in print in 1762 (Smollett). The OED and other etymologists do not consider the possibility that the word was introduced from India into the English language. The term 'Hullabol' is still used in Indian English to describe a type of public demonstration, involving making a great noise. 'Hulla' is either derived from 'Hamla' meaning 'attack' or from 'halhala' meaning 'ululation' (both words from Persian and then Urdu). 'Bol' is from the Hindi verb 'bolna', 'to utter or say'. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An uproar or fuss. They made such a hullabaloo about the change that the authorities were forced to change it back.
    • 1902 — , Certainly they had brought with them some rotten hippo–meat, which couldn’t have lasted very long, anyway, even if the pilgrims hadn’t, in the midst of a shocking hullabaloo, thrown a considerable quantity of it overboard.
Synonyms: ado, fuss, hype, to-do, uproar,
hum {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old English hommen "make a murmuring sound to cover embarrassment," later (medieval English) hummen "to buzz, drone" (c.1420); akin to (medieval and modern) Dutch hommel 'humblebee', medieval German hummen 'to hum', probably ultimately of imitative origin pronunciation
  • /ˈhʌm/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hummed tune, i.e. created orally with lips closed.
  2. An often indistinct sound resembling human humming. They could hear a hum coming from the kitchen, and found the dishwasher on.
    • Shakespeare the shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
  3. Busy activity, like the buzz of a beehive.
  4. (UK, slang) unpleasant odour.
  5. (dated) An imposition or hoax; humbug.
  6. (obsolete) A kind of strong drink. {{rfquotek}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a sound from the vocal chord without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed. We are humming happily along with the music.
  2. (transitive) To express by humming. to hum a tune The hazers ominously hummed "We shall overcome" while they paddled the unruly pledges
  3. (intransitive) To drone like certain insects naturally do in motion, or sounding similarly
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2 A slight gloom fell upon the table. Jacob was helping himself to jam; the postman was talking to Rebecca in the kitchen; there was a bee humming at the yellow flower which nodded at the open window.
  4. (intransitive) To buzz, be busily active like a beehive 'The streets were humming with activity.
  5. (intransitive) To produce low sounds which blend continuously
  6. (British) To reek, smell bad. This room really hums — have you ever tried spring cleaning, mate?
  7. (British) To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.
  8. (transitive, dated, slang) To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug.
related terms:
  • humblebee
Synonyms: bumble, bustle, hustle, buzz, croon, whir
  • MUH
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. hmm; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation. {{rfquotek}}
human year
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A regular calendar year, as opposed to a dog year or the "year" of any other animal species.
  2. A unit of age relative to the species being considered, defined such that an animal's age in "human years" is the equivalent age of a human being in calendar years.
See the note at dog year.
humerus {{wikipedia}} etymology From ll humerus, from umerus. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhjuːmərəs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (anatomy) The bone of the upper arm.
Synonyms: armbone
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A brand of sport utility vehicle sold by General Motors, and by extension, any large similar vehicle
  2. (military, slang) The HMMWV or Humvee, a US Army vehicle which replaced the Jeep
    • 1985, Andy Rooney, Pieces of my Mind , ISBN 0380698854, page 38: "The vehicle is called the 'Hummer,' a contrived abbreviation of its official designation, 'High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.'"
    • 1985, James Coates and Michael Kilian, Heavy Losses: The Dangerous Decline of American Defense , ISBN 0670804843, page 25: "The Hummer, a clumsy, elongated vehicle the Army intended as a replacement for the hardy Jeep, developed so many problems it became known as the Bummer."
    • 1987, Michael Barone & Grant Ujifusa, The Almanac of American Politics, 1988 , ISBN 0892340371, page 403: "He made a point of not taking federal money for the district -- though by 1986 he was bragging about landing an Army contract to build the Hummer vehicle for a South Bend company."
    • 1994, World Book Inc., "Jeep" in World Book Encyclopedia vol. J , ISBN 0716600943, page 25: "A Hummer can carry four people."
Since the introduction of the civilian Hummer in the 1990s, this term has ceased to be used for the military vehicle; the term "Humvee" is typically used instead.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. {{surname}} of German origin
hummer pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who hum.
  2. (informal) A humvee.
  3. (informal) A type of vehicle resembling a jeep but bulkier. The newlyweds took a hummer limo back to their casino resort.
  4. (informal) A hummingbird.
  5. (informal) A humdinger.
  6. (baseball) A fastball.
  7. (slang) Fellatio in which the person performing the act vibrates their mouth by hum.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) Alternative form of humongous.
    • 1989 -- Journal of phenomenological psychology, Spring 1989. (page 67) Well I guess looking at the Colgate and looking at the Crest we have many sizes so we still have a lot of decisions left to make - the first one being that I'm only going to be here for three weeks so I don't really need a humongoid thing
humongous Alternative forms: humungous etymology From huge + monstrous pronunciation
  • /ˌhjuːˈmʌŋɡəs/
    • (Northern England) [çju̟ːˈmʊŋɡəs]
    • (Southern England) [ˌçju̟ːˈmɐŋɡəs]
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of an extremely large size.
Synonyms: enormous, gigantic, immense, huge, massive, See also
humorously Alternative forms: humourously (uncommon, UK) etymology From humorous + ly.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. In a humorous manner; jocularly He always managed to make people laugh at the tea table - he could pull faces so humorously.
Synonyms: jocularly, jokingly, amusingly
  • seriously
  • straight-lacedly
humorousness Alternative forms: humourousness etymology From humorous + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being humorous.
  2. (countable) The result or product of being humorous.
humourous etymology From humour + ous.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (chiefly, UK, uncommon, nonstandard) alternative spelling of humorous
  • The Oxford Dictionary states that "the spelling humourous is regarded as an error" in both British and American English.[ humorous] Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved: 2014-04-03.
humourously etymology humourous + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (UK, uncommon, nonstandard) alternative spelling of humorously
humourousness etymology humourous + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative form of humorousness
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (historical, World War 2, slang) The Himalayas, as the challenge for the supply route between India and China. The C-47s could not make it over the Hump with a full load and full tanks.
hump pronunciation
  • (Canada) /hʌmp/
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etymology Probably from Dutch homp or gml hump, from osx *hump, from Proto-Germanic *humpaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kumb-, *kumbʰ-. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Western Frisian hompe, Icelandic huppur, Welsh cwm, Latin incumbō, Albanian sumbull, Ancient Greek κύμβη 〈kýmbē〉, Avestan {{rfscript}}, Sanskrit कुम्ब 〈kumba〉). Replaced, and perhaps influenced by, Old English crump. More at cramp. {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{rfi}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A mound of earth.
  2. A rounded mass, especially a fleshy mass such as on a camel.
  3. A speed hump.
  4. {{rft-sense}} A deformity in human caused by abnormal curvature of the upper spine.
  5. (slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
  6. (British, slang) A bad mood. get the hump, have the hump, take the hump.
  7. (slang) A painful boorish person. That guy is such a hump!
Synonyms: (abnormal deformity of the spine) gibbous, humpback, hunch, hunchback
verb: {{en-verb}} {{rfc}}
  1. (transitive) To bend something into a hump.
    • Theodore Roosevelt The cattle were very uncomfortable, standing humped up in the bushes.
  2. (transitive, slang) To carry something, especially with some exertion.
  3. (intransitive, slang) To carry, especially with some exertion.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To dry-hump.
  5. (transitive, slang) To have sex with.
  6. (intransitive, slang) To have sex.
humpable etymology hump + able
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) That can be hump; sexually attractive.
humpa humpa
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) sexual intercourse
    • 2004, Mickey Hart, ‎Paul Bresnick, Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004: The Year's Finest Writing How much attention can you sacrifice to the cock-prance of Led Zeppelin or cheesy humpa-humpa metaphors of AC/DC or the heaping pile of dead or brutalized women that amasses in Big Black's discography?
Humpdashian etymology {{blend}}.
proper noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrity and basketball player , together from 2010 to 2011.
    • 2011, C. J., "Humpdashian tardy to party. First, a little melon-drama?", Star Tribune, 5 July 2011: With Humpdashian reportedly seeking but not receiving a $30,000 appearance fee from Life Time Fitness at the Grand Hotel to make stops there, it's assumed that Seven paid.
    • 2011, Lauren Gross, "Kim and Kris: Humpdashian No More", The Spotlight (Southern Lehigh High School, Center Valley, Pennsylvania), Volume 55, Issue 2, November 2011, page 13: Since the August wedding, Americans have had everything “Humpdashian” (Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian) shoved down their throats until they were brainwashed into idolizing the perfect couple.
    • 2011, Paul Kockler, "Society is captivated by the Kardashians", The Northern Iowan (University of Northern Iowa), Volume 108, Issue 22, 11 November 2011, page 15: Then the Humpdashian split.
hump day etymology The term alludes to the fact that Wednesday is the middle of the work week, meaning that one has made it "over the hump" towards the weekend.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) Wednesday.
  2. (US, informal) A scheduled day during which a couple has planned ahead of time to engage in sexual intercourse.
hump dumpling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A child.
Synonyms: See also .
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verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of hump
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hump or mound.
    • Isabella L. Bird The foreign ladies, in their simple, tasteful, fresh attire, innocent of the humpings and bunchings, the monstrosities and deformities of ultra-fashionable bad taste, beamed with cheerfulness, friendliness, and kindliness.
  2. (vulgar, slang) sexual intercourse
    • 2007, Rod Wallsmith, Booze, Blood and Justice As for sex, every man in the county knew of the famous thirty-minute humpings available from one of the 'girls' who worked out of the rear rooms of Angels Motel.
hump it
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal) To depart in a hurry; to flee.
    • C. L. Money Having collected a sufficient quantity, we humped it out of the bush.
    • McClure's Magazine A half dozen other negroes, some limping and all scared, were humping it across a meadow.
Hun etymology From ll Hunnus, apparently ultimately from Turkic Hun-yü, the name of a tribe (they were known in China as (Hsiungnu)). pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of a nomadic tribe, the Huns, most likely of Turkic origin, which invade Europe in the fourth century from Central Asia.
  2. (figuratively) a vandal, a barbarian, an uncivilized destructive person
  3. (slang, derogatory, British) A German (popular in the media since World War I)
  4. (slang, derogatory, UK, Ireland) A Protestant.
related terms:
  • Hunnic
Synonyms: (derogatory term for a German) Fritz , Jerry, Kraut, (derogatory term for a Protestant) Prod, Proddy, orangie, Orangeman
  • nuh
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Affectionate abbreviation of honey.
  2. A grey partridge.
  • nuh
hunchback etymology {{back-form}} pronunciation
  • /ˈhʌntʃbæk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who is stooped or hunch over.
  2. A deformed upper spinal column in the shape of a hump in the back.
  3. (vulgar) A person with kyphosis, a spinal deformity that causes a hunched over appearance.
Synonyms: humpback, stoop
hundy etymology Diminutive form of hundred with -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) hundred
    • 2003, Jason Boyett, Josh Hatcher, Cheap Ways To... (page 109) That's nine-hundy for just one class. Even state schools can't beat the rate your community college offers.
    • 2003, Michael Goodwin, Junk (page 77) It's a shame she'll end up losing both her lunch and five hundy.
    • 2004, Esquire (volume 141) …learning to never have less than a hundy in my wallet…
hung pronunciation
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verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of hang
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Suspended by hang.
  2. Having hanging addition or appendage.
  3. (legal) Of a jury, unable to reach a unanimous verdict in a trial.
  4. Of a legislature, lacking a majority political party. hung parliament
  5. (computing, colloquial) Of a computer or similar device, receiving power but not function as desired; working very slowly or not at all. The condition is often correct by reboot the computer.
  6. (colloquial, of a male, vulgar) Having large genitals (often preceded by an adverb, e.g. well hung). Men with big feet tend to be hung like a horse.
  7. (colloquial, of a man, slightly vulgar) having a penis of a certain size
Synonyms: (endowed with a large penis) horse-hung, hung like a horse/hung like a donkey, well-hung, well-endowed
related terms:
  • hanged
  • hung parliament
  • ungh
Hungarian {{interwiktionary}} {{langindex}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Hungary + an pronunciation
  • /hʌŋˈɡɛɹiən/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of, from{{,}} or pertaining to present-day Hungary, the ethnic Hungarian people or the Hungarian language.
  2. Of, from{{,}} or pertaining to the Kingdom of Hungary, during the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, regardless of ethnicity.
  3. (computing, programming) Of or relating to Hungarian notation.
    • 2009, Michael Ekedahl, Programming with Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 The Hungarian prefix used in this book for a GroupBox control is “grp”.
Synonyms: Hungarish, Magyar
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A person from present-day Hungary or of ethnic Hungarian descent.
  2. A person from the former Kingdom of Hungary, during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, regardless of that person's ethnicity.
Synonyms: Magyar
  • {{U:en:an h}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The main language of Hungary.
  2. (uncountable, computing, informal) Hungarian notation.
    • 1993, Steve McConnell, Code Complete The qualifier is the descriptive part of the name that would probably make up the entire name if you weren't using Hungarian.
hung like a horse etymology The origin of this phrase is from the Bible. Ezekiel 23:20 "There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses."
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial, vulgar, of a man) Having a large penis.
Synonyms: horse-hung, hung like a bear, hung like a bull, hung like a dinosaur, hung like a donkey, hung like an elephant, hung like a moose, hung like a nigger (offensive), hung like a polar bear, hung like a rhino, well-hung
  • hung like a cashew
  • hung like a chicken
  • hung like a hamster
  • hung like a pimple
  • hung like a gorilla
hunk {{wikipedia}} etymology Probably Dutch hunke, 1813. The sense of an attractive man is recorded in Australian slang in 1941, in jive talk in 1945. pronunciation
  • (UK) /hʌŋk/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large or dense piece of something. a hunk of metal
    • 1884: Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapter IX "Jim, this is nice," I says. "I wouldn't want to be nowhere else but here. Pass me along another hunk of fish and some hot corn-bread."
  2. (informal) A sexually attractive boy or man, especially one who is muscular.
  3. (computing) A record of differences between almost contiguous portions of two files (or other sources of information). Differences that are widely separated by areas which are identical in both files would not be part of a single hunk. Differences that are separated by small regions which are identical in both files may comprise a single hunk. Patches are made up of hunks.
  4. (US, slang) A honyock.
    • 1941, William Woodrow Chamberlain, Leaf Gold (page 76) "You ain't callin' me a country hunk, are you?" "Hell, naw!" Louie backed away and grinned.
Synonyms: (large or dense piece) chunk, lump, piece, (sexually attractive boy) beefcake
hunkey Alternative forms: hunky etymology Vernacular of Hungarian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative) A Hungarian (or, more generally, eastern European) labourer.
  2. (US) A person of Hungarian or Yugoslav extraction.
related terms:
  • honky, honkey
hunks pronunciation
  • /hʌŋks/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Origin unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated) A crotchety or surly person; also, a stingy man, a miser.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, : Now, Bildad, I am sorry to say, had the reputation of being an incorrigible old hunks, and in his sea-going days, a bitter, hard task-master.
etymology 2 Inflected forms.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of hunk
etymology 1 Probably Dutch hunke, 19th century.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Exhibiting strong, masculine beauty.
  2. Shaped like a hunk, or piece; chunky.
  3. (US, slang) All right; in good condition.
  4. (US, slang) even; square; on equal footing with
    • Stephen Crane … he dropped like a brick into the firing line and began to shoot; began to get "hunky" with all those people who had been plugging at him.
related terms:
  • hunk
etymology 2 From the older hunk, probably alteration of Hungarian. Compare bohunk. Alternative forms: hunkie, hunkey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (North America, slang, ethnic slur) A person of Hungarian or Slavic, especially Ruthenia, descent.
    • 2009, Victor Bockris, Warhol: The Biography, page 20 Like blacks, who were the only ethnic group below them on the social scale, Eastern Europeans, contemptuously labelled ‘hunkies’, were dismissed as incapable and untrustworthy.
hunky dory Alternative forms: hunky dorey, hunky-dorey, hunkydorey, hunky dory, hunky-dory, hunkydory etymology hunky + dory (origin and meaning unknown)“[ ˌhunky-ˈdory, -ˈdorey]” defined as a derived term of the adjective “[ hunky, ''a.'']”, listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''', second edition (1989) pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˌhʌŋkiˈdɔːɹi/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Satisfactory, fine. Now that I’ve found my missing book, everything’s hunky-dory again.
hunormous etymology {{blend}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Of a gigantic size.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) alternative spelling of honyock
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) plural of hunyack
hurl pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To throw (something) with force.
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    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Chapter IV I was standing on the edge of the conning-tower, when a heavy palm suddenly struck me between the shoulders and hurled me forward into space. The drop to the triangular deck forward of the conning-tower might easily have broken a leg for me, or I might have slipped off onto the deck and rolled overboard; but fate was upon my side, as I was only slightly bruised.
    • 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 5 Tarzan on his part never lost an opportunity to show that he fully reciprocated his foster father's sentiments, and whenever he could safely annoy him or make faces at him or hurl insults upon him from the safety of his mother's arms, or the slender branches of the higher trees, he did so.
  2. (transitive) To utter (harsh or derogatory speech), especially at its target. The gangs hurled abuse at each other.
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  3. (intransitive) To participate in the sport of hurling.
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  4. (intransitive, slang) To vomit. Pass me the bucket; I've got to hurl.
  5. (obsolete) To twist or turn.
    • Hooker hurled or crooked feet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A throw, especially a violent throw; a fling. He managed a hurl of 50.3 metres. A hurl of abuse. {{rfquotek}}
  2. The act of vomit.
  3. (hurling) The act of hitting the sliotar with the hurley.
  4. (Ulster) (car) ride
  5. (obsolete) tumult; riot; hurly-burly
  6. (obsolete) A table on which fibre is stir and mix by beating with a bow spring.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of hurl; someone who hurls or throw.
  2. (baseball, slang, 1800s) The pitcher.
  3. (hurling) Someone who participates in the sport of hurling.
hurrah's nest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A state of chaos and confusion.
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe A perfect hurrah's nest in our kitchen.
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hurt locker
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A state of severe physical or emotional injury.
hurty pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, often childish) That hurt.
husband pronunciation
  • /ˈhʌzbənd/
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etymology From Middle English husbonde, from Old English hūsbonda, hūsbunda, probably from Old Norse húsbóndi, from hús + bóndi, equivalent to house + bond ‘serf, slave", originally, "dweller’. Bond in turn represents a formation derived from the present participle of WestScand. búa, EastScand. bôa = to build, plow; cf. German bauen, der Bauende. Cognate with Icelandic húsbóndi, Faroese húsbóndi, Norwegian husbond, Swedish husbonde, Danish husbonde.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) The master of a house; the head of a family; a householder.
  2. (obsolete) A tiller of the ground; a husbandman.
    • {{RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene}}, IV.3: a withered tree, through husbands toyle, / Is often seene full freshly to have florisht{{nb...}}
    • {{rfdate}} George Hakewill (1578-1649) the painful husband, ploughing up his ground
    • {{rfdate}} John Evelyn (1620-1706) He is the neatest husband for curious ordering his domestick and field accommodations.
  3. (archaic) A prudent or frugal manager.
    • {{rfdate}} Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) God knows how little time is left me, and may I be a good husband, to improve the short remnant left me.
  4. A man in a marriage or marital relationship, especially in relation to his spouse. exampleYou should start dating so you can find a suitable husband.
    • {{rfdate}} William Blackstone (1723-1780) The husband and wife are one person in law.
    • {{RQ:BLwnds TLdgr}} A great bargain also had been…the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
    • 1922, Ben Travers , 6, [ A Cuckoo in the Nest] , “But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.”
  5. The male of a pair of animal. {{rfquotek}}
  6. (UK) A manager of property; one who has the care of another's belongings, owndom, or interests; a steward; an economist.
  7. A large cushion with arms meant to support a person in the sitting position. exampleWhile reading her book, Sally leaned back against her husband, wishing it were the human kind.
  8. (UK dialectal) A poll tree; a pollard.
Synonyms: See also
  • wife
  • partner (may or may not be married)
  • spouse (may also apply to wife)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To manage or administer carefully and frugally; use to the best advantage; economise. For my means, I'll husband them so well, / They shall go far. — Shakespeare.
  2. (transitive) To conserve.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe ...I found pens, ink, and paper, and I husbanded them to the utmost; and I shall show that while my ink lasted, I kept things very exact, but after that was gone I could not, for I could not make any ink by any means that I could devise.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To till; cultivate; farm; nurture.
    • {{rfdate}} Evelyn Land so trim and rarely husbanded.
  4. (transitive) To provide with a husband. {{rfquotek}}
  5. (transitive) To engage or act as a husband to; assume the care of or responsibility for; accept as one's own.
  • {{rank}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A husband in law only, such as one who has abandoned his wife
  2. A husband who provides legally required support, but not love or affection
  3. (colloquial) Another husband of one's wife. Typically used in cases of divorce and subsequent remarriage.
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Synonyms: co-husband (used in cases of polyandry)
coordinate terms:
  • wife-in-law
related terms:
  • in-law
hush down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To become quiet; to cease making sound.
  2. (transitive) To quieten; to make quiet
Synonyms: hush, hush up, quiet down, quieten down, shut up
hush up Alternative forms: hushup, hush-up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To become quiet; to cease making sound.
  2. (transitive) To keep secret, to prevent from becoming known. They hushed up that it was a suicide to prevent bad publicity.
husker etymology
  • From husk + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who husk (as one who removes the husks, leaves, from ears of corn).
  2. (US, slang) A fan or supporter of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the sports teams of the University of Nebraska.
hussy up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) (colloquial, pejorative) To dress so as to be more sexually attractive, often applying excessive makeup or wearing revealing clothing. Look at her all hussied up with her makeup and fishnet stockings...for shame!
This term is used almost exclusively with regards to women.
hustle etymology By metathesis from Dutch hutselen. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To rush or hurry. I'll have to hustle to get there on time.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Chapter 12 Men in dairy lunches were hustling to gulp down the food which cooks had hustled to fry
  2. (transitive) To con or deceive; especially financially. The guy tried to hustle me into buying into a bogus real estate deal.
  3. (transitive) To bundle, to stow something quickly.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit There was a person called Nana who ruled the nursery. Sometimes she took no notice of the playthings lying about, and sometimes, for no reason whatever, she went swooping about like a great wind and hustled them away in cupboards.
  4. To dance the hustle, a disco dance.
  5. To play deliberately badly at a game or sport in an attempt to encourage players to challenge.
  6. To sell sex, to work as a pimp.
  7. To be a prostitute, to exchange use of one's body for sexual purposes for money.
  8. (informal) To put a lot of effort into one's work.
  9. To push someone roughly, to crowd, to jostle.{{R:COED2|page=799}}
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.…Passengers wander restlessly about or hurry, with futile energy, from place to place. Pushing men hustle each other at the windows of the purser's office, under pretence of expecting letters or despatching telegrams.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A state of busy activity.
  2. A type of disco dance.
  • sleuth
hydrate etymology Borrowing from French hydrate, coined by Joseph-Louis Proust, from Ancient Greek ὕδωρ 〈hýdōr〉 + -ate. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhaɪdreɪt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) A solid compound containing or link to water molecule.
  2. (inorganic compound, rare) Water.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To take up, consume or become linked to water. A lotion can hydrate the skin.
  2. (slang) To drink water.
Synonyms: (to add water to) bewater
coordinate terms:
  • caffeinate
  • thready
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, medicine) A usually congenital condition in which an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the cerebral ventricles causes enlargement of the skull and compression of the brain, destroying much of the neural tissue
Synonyms: water on the brain (informal)
hydrogen monoxide
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) dihydrogen monoxide (water)
hydrogen sulfide {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: hydrogen sulphide (UK)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (inorganic compound) A toxic gas, H2S, smelling like rotten eggs and used in analytical chemistry and industry.
Synonyms: rotten egg gas (informal), swamp gas (informal)
hydrophobia etymology From Latin hydrophobia, from Ancient Greek ὑδροφοβία 〈hydrophobía〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˌhʌɪdɹəˈfəʊbɪə/
  • (US) /ˌhaɪdɹəˈfoʊbɪə/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pathology) An aversion to water, as a symptom of rabies; rabies itself.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.12: Cato, who scorned both death and fortune, could not abide the sight of a looking glasse or of water; overcome with horrour, and quelled with amazement, if by the contagion of a mad dog he had fallen into that sicknesse which physitians call hydrophobia, or feare of waters.
  2. (psychology, colloquial) Fear of water
Fear of water is technically called aquaphobia, so not to be confused with rabies.
hygiene {{wikipedia}} etymology From French hygiène, from Ancient Greek ὑγιαίνω 〈hygiaínō〉, from ὑγιής 〈hygiḗs〉. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈhaɪdʒiːn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The science of health, its promotion and preservation.
  2. Those condition and practice that promote and preserve health. Hygiene is an important consideration in places where food is prepared.
  3. Cleanliness. They have poor personal hygiene.
  4. (computing, slang, of a macro) The property of having an expansion that is guarantee not to cause the accidental capture of identifier.
hygienic etymology From French hygiénique. Displaced earlier hygienal. pronunciation
  • /haɪˈdʒiːnɪk/, /haɪˈdʒɛnɪk/
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  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to hygiene; clean, sanitary.
  2. (computing, slang, of a macro) Whose expansion is guaranteed not to cause the accidental capture of identifier.
  • unhygienic
hymenally challenged
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (humorously, politically correct, euphemistic, of a, person) Not in the desired state regarding virginity:
    1. Not a virgin, unvirginal
    2. A virgin, virginal
Hymie etymology From the name Hyman + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur) Jew
Hymietown etymology From Hymie + town, in reference to the city's large Jewish population.
proper noun: {{en-prop}}
  1. (derogatory) New York City
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (entertainment) hypnotism; hypnotist A hyp act is scheduled after the acrobats. The hyp is booked through the end of the month.
  2. (mathematics) hypotenuse
  3. hypochondria
    • Jonathan Swift Heaven send thou hast not got the hyps.
Alternative forms: hyp.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) To make melancholy. {{rfquotek}}
  • PHY
hyper pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhaɪpə/
  • (US) /ˈhaɪpɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Shortening.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Short for hyperactive
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (science fiction) Short for hyperspace
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (wrestling) {{alt form}}
    • 1868, The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review Mason of Blencogo was a strong fellow, with no great science or action, and how he disposed of Nichol of Bothel, who was one of the best hypers of the day, puzzled not a few.
hyperborean etymology Late Latin hyperboreanus, cognate with classical Latin hyperboreus; the Greek word was Ύπερβορεος, i.e. ύπερ + βορειος ‘northern’. pronunciation
  • /hʌɪpəˈbɔːɹɪən/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of a race of people in Greek mythology living in the extreme north, beyond the north wind.
  2. (usually, humorous) Any person living in a northern country, or to the north.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Pertaining to the extreme north of the earth, or (usually jocular) to a specific northern country or area.
    • 1633, C. Butler The hyperborean or frozen sea.
    • 1922, “You could have knelt down, damn it, Kinch, when your dying mother asked you, Buck Mulligan said. I’m hyperborean as much as you. But to think of your mother begging you with her last breath to kneel down and pray for her. And you refused.”, James Joyce, Ulysses
hypercaffeinated etymology hyper + caffeinated
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Intensely peppy and energetic, as after consuming large amounts of caffeine.
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hyperhygienist etymology hyper- + hygienist
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Being too hygienic.
  2. (pejorative, agriculture, environment) Having an overemphasis on "safety" or "cleanliness" as defined only for the consumer, that effectively forces the use of pesticide, other chemicals, or even requires or encourages genetically modified organism to prevent insects; and applied to certain agricultural policies, laws, food regulations, wholesale food buying rules, and tax, tariff and trade measures by advocates of organic farming.
hypermobile etymology hyper + mobile
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (medicine, anatomy) Exhibiting hypermobility; able to move further than usual, as of joint.
  2. (informal) Excessively mobile.
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hypernym etymology Ancient Greek {{confix}}. From Greek roots; compare Latinate “superordinate term”.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (semantics) A word or phrase whose referent form a set including as a subset the referents of a subordinate term. "Musical instrument" is a hypernym of "guitar" because a guitar is a musical instrument.
Synonyms: (superordinate) genus, superordinate, hyperonym, superset, blanket term, umbrella term (informal)
  • (superordinate) hyponym, species, subordinate
  • word
hyperoptimistic etymology hyper + optimistic
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Extremely optimistic.
hyphen {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhaɪ.fən/
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etymology From ll, from Ancient Greek ὑφέν 〈hyphén〉, contracted from ὑφ' ἕν 〈hyph' hén〉, from ὑπό 〈hypó〉 + ἕν 〈hén〉, neuter of εἷς 〈heîs〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Symbol "", typically used to join two or more words to form a compound term, or to indicate that a word has been split at the end of a line.
  2. (figuratively) Something that links two more consequential things.
Because the original symbol "-" (technically the hyphen-minus) covered usages aside from hyphenation there have been additional subsequent symbols created for hyphenation needs. They include the "" (hyphen), (non-breaking hyphen) and the non-visible soft hyphen.
related terms:
  • hyphenate
  • hyphenated
  • hyphenation
  • hyphenator
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dated) To separate or punctuate with a hyphen; to hyphenate.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (colloquial) Used to refer to a person with a hyphenated name
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. Used to emphasize the coordinating function usually indicated by the punctuation "-".
    • Youth is the time, Robert Gessner, 1945, “You are sitting at the wrong table, if I may be so bold, among the misguided who believe in the mass murder of mentalities, otherwise known as the liberal arts hyphen vocational training hyphen education.”
    • Home town, Cleveland Amory, 1950, “Ax was now a Hollywood hyphenated man. An actor hyphen director hyphen writer.”
    • Vanishing acts, Linda Crawford, 1983, “He described himself as a poet-composer and actually said the word hyphen when he did so: "I'm a poet hyphen composer.”
    • M*A*S*H: the exclusive, inside story of TV's most popular show, David S. Reiss, 1983, “He is an actor (hyphen) writer (hyphen) director. In the fifth year of the series Alan Alda added another title to his growing list — that of creative consultant.”
    • What If Holden Caulfield Went to Law School?, page 65, Stephen M. Murphy, 2007, “One reason he has avoided reading legal thrillers is that “they seem really to have been written by lawyer-hyphen-authors.””
Synonyms: (used as coordinator) slash, cum
hyphy {{wikipedia}} etymology {{rfe}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Rambunctious, loud, crazy, dangerous, irrational, and outrageous in behavior. She was so hyphy outside the club Saturday night, she nearly punched a cop!
  2. (slang) Of or relating to the hyphy subgenre of rap music
    • 2006 - Andrea Schulte-Peevers - California - Travel - Page 46 Oakland is the place to look for 'hyphy' (hyperactive) New Bay hip-hop, while SoCal is still riding the 'crunk' (crazy-drunk) drum and bass beats with ...
hypo etymology From the abbreviation of various terms beginning with hypo-, from Ancient Greek ὑπό 〈hypó〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhaɪ.pəʊ/
  • (US) /ˈhaɪ.poʊ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Melancholy; a fit of ‘hypochondria’; a morbid depression (obsolete by 1881 according to Eric Partridge.
    • 1711 "I have a better Stomach tha usuall and have perfectly forgot what the Hyppo means",Joseph Collett, merchant, writing from Rio de Janeiro, Oct 15, 1711, in his Private Letter Books, edited by H. H. Dodwell in 1933. (cited by Eric Partidge, A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventinoal English
    • 1837 Abraham Lincoln: Tell your sister I dont want to hear any more about selling out and moving. That gives me the hypo whenever I think of it. (Letter to Mary S. Owens,May 7. 1837 , Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 1.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick: whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. But thou sayest, methinks that white-lead chapter about whiteness is but a white flag hung out from a craven soul; thou surrenderest to a hypo, Ishmael.(Chapter 42, "The Whiteness of the Whale")
  1. (photography) sodium thiosulfate, a photographic fixing agent.
  2. (slang) A hypoglycaemia attack in a person with diabetes.
  3. (informal) The substance sodium hyposulfite.
  4. (slang) A hypodermic syringe.
  5. (slang, finance, British) Hypothecation.
  6. (informal, among law students and their professors) A hypothetical case.
  7. (informal, zoology) A hypomelanistic snake.
  • may be used informally for other polysyllabic terms formed with the prefix hypo- usually in contexts where it is clear which specific term is meant.
hypochristian Alternative forms: hypoChristian, hypo-Christian etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) A Christian who behaves contrary to Christian tenet or value.
    • 2001, 13 September, Larry Penoza, Re: let me get this straight,!original/,, “Just as the rabid fundamentalist nutcase hypochristians who bomb planned parenthood clinics are not representative of the average Christian, likewise the Islamic Jihad are a minority of all Muslims.”
    • 2006, Curtiss De Vedrine, The Second Coming of Age: Liberty and Justice, Writers Club Press (2006), ISBN 9780595091508, page 185: “Hypochristians believe they will soil themselves if they associate with poor Christians or non Christians,” she said. “They huddle together at their Sunday Schools gossiping about each other, especially whoever didn't show up, somehow believing they will go to Heaven because of their self professed goodness. {{…}}
    • 2008, Sterling R. Braswell, Crazy Town: Money. Marriage. Meth., Kallisti Publishing (2008), ISBN 9780967851464, page 221: The Ted Haggard scandal is just one of numerous events involving what some refer to as hypochristians, those blustering crusaders for family values who fail miserably at living up to their own standards.
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hypothec {{rfc}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (legal) In Scotland, a landlord's right over the stocking (cattle, implements, etc.), and crops of his tenant, as security for payment of rent.
  2. (colloquial) Everything; the whole lot. ...saddle and all, the whole hypothec turned round and grovelled in the dust below the donkey’s belly.
related terms:
  • hypothecate
hystericky etymology hysteric + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) hysterical; inclined to hysterics
    • Washington Irving During the present gayety of the house, however, the poor girl has worn a face full of trouble; and, to use the housekeeper's words, "has fallen into a sad hystericky way lately."
I pronunciation
  • /aɪ/
  • {{en-SoE}}: /aː/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From Middle English I, ik (also ich), from Old English ih, ic, from Proto-Germanic *ik, *ek, from Proto-Indo-European *éǵh₂ 〈*éǵh₂〉. Cognate with Scots I, ik, A, Western Frisian ik, Dutch ik, Low German ik, German ich, Bavarian I, Danish jeg, Norwegian jeg, eg, Norwegian I (dialectal), Swedish jag, Icelandic ég, eg, Latin ego, Ancient Greek ἐγώ 〈egṓ〉, Russian я 〈â〉, Lithuanian . See also ich.
pronoun: {{en-pron}}
  1. The speaker or writer, referred to as the grammatical subject, of a sentence.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii: It ill beseemes a knight of gentle sort, / Such as ye haue him boasted, to beguile / A simple mayd, and worke so haynous tort, / In shame of knighthood, as I largely can report.
  • The word I is always capitalised in written English. Other forms of the pronoun, such as me and my, follow regular English capitalisation rules.
Synonyms: (vulgar, slang) my ass, m'ass, yours truly
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  1. (metaphysics) The ego.
etymology 2
  • Old French i, from Latin ī, from Etruscan I (i).
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etymology 3 Abbreviation.
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  1. (US, roadway) interstate
  2. (grammar) abbreviation of instrumental case
  • {{rank}}
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  1. (colloquial, poetic) in
    • 1606, , , IV. ii. 44: Thou speak'st with all thy wit; / And yet, i' faith, with wit enough for thee.
  2. (colloquial, poetic) it
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  1. (slang) contraction of I would have
  • Adi
  • aid, AID
  • Dai
  • DIA
  • IAD
I'd like to kiss you {{phrasebook}}
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  1. Used to ask to kiss a person.
I'dn't've etymology From I'd + n't + 've pronunciation
  • /aɪd(ə)n(t)ə(v)/
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  1. (nonstandard or colloquial or dialectal) I would not have.
I'll be etymology Presumably short for I'll be damned.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. (idiomatic) Expressing surprise.
Synonyms: blimey! (UK), bloody hell! (coarse UK slang), bugger me! (taboo UK slang), Christ!, Christ almighty!, damn!, fancy that!, fucking hell! (taboo slang), fuck me! (taboo slang), God!, good God!, good gracious!, goodness me!, holy shit!, Jesus!, Jesus Christ!, my God!, my goodness!, no way!, stone me!, stone the crows!, strike me pink!, what do you know!, you don't say!
  • libel
I'll say
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Used to indicate emphatic agreement.
  • sialyl
I'm afraid not Alternative forms: I am afraid not; 'fraid not (informal)
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  1. Unfortunately, no; I regret that that is not so. Do you have any beer? No, I'm afraid not.
  • I'm afraid so
I'm afraid so Alternative forms: I am afraid so; 'fraid so (informal)
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  1. Unfortunately, yes; I regret that that is so. Do we really have to do every one by hand? Yes, I'm afraid so.
  • I'm afraid not
I'm a guy {{phrasebook}}
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  1. (informal) Indicates that the speaker is male.
I'm blind {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /aɪm ˈblaɪnd/
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  1. Indicates that the speaker suffers from blindness.
I'm gay {{phrasebook}}
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  1. Indicates that the speaker is a homosexual.
I'm hot {{phrasebook}}
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  1. Indicates that the speaker is hot (i.e. feeling the sensation of heat, especially to the point of discomfort)
I'm hungry {{phrasebook}}
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  1. Indicates that the speaker feels the need to eat.

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