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haberdasher Tweet Definition of haberdasher Like Definition of haberdasher on Facebook
noun 
  1. A dealer in ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods.
  2. ) A men's outfitter, usually a men's haberdasher.
  3. A member of the Haberdashers livery company.
     
hairdresser Tweet Definition of hairdresser Like Definition of hairdresser on Facebook
noun 
  1. A person who cuts or styles hair as an occupation or profession.
     
Hall Tweet Definition of Hall Like Definition of Hall on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A British and Scandinavian topographic surname for someone who lived in or near a hall.
  2. A surname of German origin for someone associated with a salt mine.
     
Hansel Tweet Definition of Hansel Like Definition of Hansel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An Anglicised spelling of the German given name Hí¤nsel. English equivalent: Johnny.
  2. A fictional character in the German fairy tale w:Hansel and Gretel, Hansel and Gretel, originally Hí¤nsel und Gretel as adapted by w:Giambattista Basile, Giambattista Basile and more recently the w:Brothers Grimm, brothers Grimm.
     
ha'penny Tweet Definition of ha Like Definition of ha
noun 
  1. A halfpenny; a former British coin.
     
hare Tweet Definition of hare Like Definition of hare on Facebook
noun 
  1. Any of several plant-eating animals of the family Leporidae, especially of the genus Lepus, being usually somewhat larger than a rabbit and with longer ears.
     
harrow Tweet Definition of harrow Like Definition of harrow on Facebook
noun 
  1. A device consisting of a heavy framework having several disks or teeth in a row, which is dragged across ploughed land to smooth or break up the soil, to remove weeds or cover seeds; a harrow plow.
    • 1918: He sent for the carpenter, who was under contract to be with the threshing-machine, but it turned out that he was mending the harrows, which should have been mended the week before Lent. " Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, p. 153)
verb 
  1. To drag a harrow over; to break up with a harrow.
  2. To traumatize or disturb; to subject to a harrowing experience; to frighten or torment.
The headless horseman harrowed Ichabod Crane as he tried to reach the bridge.
     
hatter Tweet Definition of hatter Like Definition of hatter on Facebook
noun 
  1. A person who makes, sells, or repairs hats.
     
haulier Tweet Definition of haulier Like Definition of haulier on Facebook
noun 
  1. A person or company engaged in the haulage of goods.
  2. A miner who hauls coal from the coalface to the bottom of the shaft.
     
haver Tweet Definition of haver Like Definition of haver on Facebook
noun 
  1. oats.
  2. a possessor, a holder.
verb 
  1. (Northern England, Scottish) to hesitate.
  2. to hem and haw
  3. (Scottish English) To maunder; to talk foolishly; to chatter; talking nonsense; foolish; babble
     
herbage Tweet Definition of herbage Like Definition of herbage on Facebook
noun 
  1. herbs collectively
  2. herbaceous plant growth, especially grass.
  3. the fleshy, often edible, parts of plants.
  4. right of pasture.
     
hide Tweet Definition of hide Like Definition of hide on Facebook
noun 
  1. (countable) The skin of an animal.
  2. (countable) (italbrac, mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scare, scaring them.
  3. A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.
verb (hides, hiding, hid, hidden)
  1. (transitive) To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
He hides his magazines under the bed.
The politicians were accused of keeping information hidden from the public.
  1. (intransitive) To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
     
Himself Tweet Definition of Himself Like Definition of Himself on Facebook
pronoun 
  1. The reflexive pronoun for God.
     
hoarding Tweet Definition of hoarding Like Definition of hoarding on Facebook
noun 
  1. a temporary fence-like structure built around building work to add security and prevent accidents to the public
  2. a roofed wooden shield placed over the battlements of a castle and projecting from them
  3. (context, mostly, UK) a billboard
  4. action of the verb to hoard
     
hock Tweet Definition of hock Like Definition of hock on Facebook
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.
verb 
  1. (transitive) (colloquial) To leave with a pawnbroker as security for a loan.
     
holiday Tweet Definition of holiday Like Definition of holiday on Facebook
noun 
  1. A day on which a festival, religious event, or national celebration is traditionally observed.
  2. A day declared free from work by the government.
  3. A period of one or more days taken off work by an employee for leisure.
  4. A period taken off work or study for travel.
  5. An unintentional gap left on a plated, coated, or painted surface.<ref>Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holiday (accessed: June 26, 2007).</ref>
verb 
  1. To take a period of time away from work or study.
  2. To spend a period of time for travel.
(trans-top, to take a period of time away from work or study)
  • Finnish: lomailla
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, to spend a period of time for travel)
  • Finnish: matkustella
    (trans-bottom)
     
hood Tweet Definition of hood Like Definition of hood on Facebook
noun 
  1. A covering such as worn over one"s head.
  2. A distinctively coloured fold of material, representing a university degree.
  3. An enclosure which protects something, especially from above.
  4. (context, automotive) A soft top of a convertible car or carriage.
  5. (context, US, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor car.
  6. (slang) gangster, Gangster, thug. Short for hoodlum.
  7. (slang) neighborhood, Neighborhood.
verb 
  1. To cover something with a hood.
adjective 
  1. Relating to inner-city everyday life, both positive and negative aspects; especially people"s attachment to and love for their neighborhoods.
     
hoot Tweet Definition of hoot Like Definition of hoot on Facebook
noun 
  1. A derisive cry or shout.
  2. The cry of an owl.
  3. A fun event, a blast
verb 
  1. To cry out or shout in contempt.
  2. To make the cry of an owl.
  3. To assail with contemptuous cries or shouts; to follow with derisive shouts.
     
hopper Tweet Definition of hopper Like Definition of hopper on Facebook
noun 
  1. a temporary storage bin, filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, often funnel-shaped.
  2. one who hops
  3. (context, localism, or, slang) a toilet's water tank/toilet seat (rfv-sense)
    • She got off the just as the phone rang.
      1. an artificial fishing lure
    • To catch a big fish, use a that jumps across the pond surface.
     
hose Tweet Definition of hose Like Definition of hose on Facebook
noun (pl=hoses, pl2=hose, pl3=hosen)
  1. A flexible tube conveying water or other liquid, hoses.
  2. A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights, or hosen.
verb (hos, es)
  1. (transitive) To water or spray with a hose.
  2. (transitive) To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
  3. (transitive) To trick or deceive.
  4. (transitive, computing) To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
     
hospital Tweet Definition of hospital Like Definition of hospital on Facebook
noun 
  1. A building designed to diagnose and treat the sick, injured or dying. Usually has a staff of doctors and nurses to aid in the treatment of patients.
     
hostel Tweet Definition of hostel Like Definition of hostel on Facebook
noun (hostels)
  1. an inexpensive overnight lodging place
  2. a temporary refuge for the homeless providing a bed and sometimes food
     
hotchpotch Tweet Definition of hotchpotch Like Definition of hotchpotch on Facebook
noun 
  1. (dated, or, obsolete) A hodgepodge; a collection containing a variety of miscellaneous things.
     
hot potato Tweet Definition of hot potato Like Definition of hot potato on Facebook
noun 
  1. (uncountable) a child's game in which players pass a ball or other object between them. The object is to avoid being the one left holding the ball when time expires.
  2. (context, countable, idiom) an awkward problem with which nobody wants to be associated.
The politician hastened to distance himself from that political .
     
hough Tweet Definition of hough Like Definition of hough on Facebook
noun 
  1. the hollow behind the knee
  • 1922: In the bright light, lightened and cooled in limb, he eyed carefully his black trousers, the ends, the knees, the houghs of the knees. " James Joyce, Ulysses
verb 
  1. (rfdef)
     
House Tweet Definition of House Like Definition of House on Facebook
proper noun the house, House
  1. The House of Representatives.
     
housewife Tweet Definition of housewife Like Definition of housewife on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
(housewives)
  1. The wife of a householder; the mistress of a family; the female head of a household.
     
huddle Tweet Definition of huddle Like Definition of huddle on Facebook
noun 
  1. a dense and disorderly crowd
  2. a brief meeting of all the players from one team that are on the field with the purpose of planning the following play.
verb (huddl, ed)
  1. (intransitive) to crowd together as when distressed or in fear
The sheep huddled together seeking warmth.
  1. (intransitive) to curl one's legs up to the chest and keep one's arms close to the torso; to crouch; to assume a position similar to that of an embryo in the womb
  2. (intransitive, fb) to form a huddle.
     
Hulk Tweet Definition of Hulk Like Definition of Hulk on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The Incredible Hulk.
    • 2007 November 27, Ken Keeler and David X. Cohen, "Bender"s Big Score", Futurama, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
    • : Fry: How can you say Lars is more mature than me?
    • : Leela: Well, for one thing, his checkbook doesn't have the on it.
     
hum Tweet Definition of hum Like Definition of hum on Facebook
noun 
  1. A tune created orally with lips closed.
  2. An often indistinct sound resembling that produced by humming.
verb (hum, m, ing)
  1. To make a sound from the vocal chords without pronouncing any real words, with one's lips closed.
  2. : To smell bad.
  3. : To deceive, or impose on one by some story or device.
     
humbug Tweet Definition of humbug Like Definition of humbug on Facebook
noun 
  1. A hoax, prank or jest
  2. A fraud or sham
  3. A fraudster or cheat
  1. (British) A type of chewy sweet (candy)
verb (humbugs, humbugging, humbugged)
  1. To play a trick on.
  2. To cheat, swindle.
     
Huntaway Tweet Definition of Huntaway Like Definition of Huntaway on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. the New Zealand sheepdog
     
hurdle Tweet Definition of hurdle Like Definition of hurdle on Facebook
noun 
  1. An artificial barrier, variously constructed, over which men or horses jump in a race.
  2. A perceived obstacle.
  3. A movable frame of wattled twigs, osiers, or withes and stakes, or sometimes of iron, used for enclosing land, for folding sheep and cattle, for gates, etc.; also, in fortification, used as revetments, and for other purposes.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 414.
    • : The practice of folding sheep was general, and the purchase of hurdles was a regular charge in the shepherd's account.
      1. In England, a sled or crate on which criminals were formerly drawn to the place of execution. "Bacon.
     
husband Tweet Definition of husband Like Definition of husband on Facebook
noun 
  1. A man in a marriage or marital relationship.
  2. Large cushion with arms meant to support a person in the sitting position.
While reading her book, Sally leaned back against her , wishing it were the human kind.
verb 
  1. (transitive) To conserve, to nurture, to farm.
     
hamper Tweet Definition of hamper Like Definition of hamper on Facebook
noun 
  1. A large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles; as,
a of wine
a clothes
    • an oyster , which contains two bushels
verb 
  1. (transitive) To put into a hamper.
     
hive Tweet Definition of hive Like Definition of hive on Facebook
noun 
  1. A box, basket, or other structure, for the reception and habitation of a swarm of honeybees.
  2. The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees.
  3. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd.
     
hooter Tweet Definition of hooter Like Definition of hooter on Facebook
noun m (plural hooters)
  1. A horn in a motor vehicle.
  2. (slang) A nose, especially a large one.
  3. (slang, usually, in plural) A woman's breast.
See WikiSaurus:breasts
  1. An owl.
     

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