[haf-uh n-haf, hahf-uh n-hahf]
- a mixture of two things, especially in equal or nearly equal proportions.
- milk and light cream combined in equal parts, especially for table use.
- Chiefly British. a mixture of two malt liquors, especially porter and ale.
- half one thing and half another.
- in two equal parts.
Origin of half-and-half
First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for half-and-half
Mayhap you think it's you're pint of half-and-half as keeps us all out of the union.A Son of Hagar
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His boat attack had been a half-and-half affair, for all that.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Away with your half-and-half sinners who have some love for virtue!Pascal
"You're such a half-and-half man," she said with a note of contempt in her voice.The Angel of Terror
By this time the waiter brought Mr. Peacock the half-and-half.The Caxtons, Complete
- a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
- a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild
- of half one thing and half another thing
- in two equal parts
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Word Origin and History for half-and-half
1756 as "ale and porter;" as a mixture of milk and cream, by 1946.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper