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Hephzibah

[hef-zuh-buh, -suh-] /ˈhɛf zə bə, -sə-/
noun
1.
the wife of Hezekiah and the mother of Manasseh. II Kings 21:1.
2.
a name applied to Jerusalem, possibly as denoting its prophesied restoration to the Jews after the Captivity. Isa. 62:4.
Compare Beulah (def 1).
3.
Also, Hepsiba
[hep-suh-buh] /ˈhɛp sə bə/ (Show IPA)
. a female given name.
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  • Hephzibah, for whom my boat is named, met us at the back door.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah went out sailing with me last October and caught cold.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah laughed and said she guessed that was so, she hadn't thought of it in that way.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The only mail matter in our box was a letter addressed to Hephzibah.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah was in the sitting-room, reading and knitting a stocking, a stocking for me.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hephzibah, who had been shopping on her own hook, did not return until nearly seven.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He shook Hephzibah's hand mechanically, but he did not speak.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She is Miss Hephzibah Cahoon, your—your mother's half-sister.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We proved to be good sailors; Hephzibah declared it was in the blood.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I laughed and informed him that writing was not one of Hephzibah's bad habits.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for Hephzibah

fem. proper name, biblical, from Hebrew Hephtzibah, literally "my delight is in her," from hephtzi "my delight" (from haphetz "to delight, to desire") + bah "in her."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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