Origin of ha
Definition for ha (2 of 7)
Definition for ha (3 of 7)
Origin of ḥā
Definition for ha (4 of 7)
Origin of hā
Definition for ha (5 of 7)
Symbol, Chemistry, Physics.
Definition for ha (6 of 7)
or 1H, Ha
Definition for ha (7 of 7)
Origin of h.a.
Examples from the Web for ha
I lay there and thrashed about and all I could hear was my father and ‘ha, ha, ha’.
Is Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (which won the Mann Booker Prize in 1993) the only one of your novels that stands on its own?The Prodigious Roddy Doyle Is the Celtic Tiger of Irish Literature|Allen Barra|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How can she wax poetically about soiling herself at parties and not get branded as sleazy trash, a la Ke$ha?How Jennifer Lawrence Took Over Hollywood. (It’s Not Just Because of Her Charm.)|Kevin Fallon|December 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, it is annoying—after having predicted everything accurately—to hear “Ha ha yah boo!”
I think seeing Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People was one of the first times I said, “A ha!”Billy Bob Thornton’s Favorite (Dysfunctional) Family Films|Billy Bob Thornton|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It's a week since they started from the mine, and you'd ha' thought they'd be here now.The Gully of Bluemansdyke|A. Conan Doyle
My mother was fond of 'Mary of Argyle'; used to sing it when I was a lad,—hum, ha!Hildegarde's Harvest|Laura E. Richards
Ha, for a divine and princely habitation, commend me to the cows' floor.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
An' Jim had used 'em so many years, he'd ha' missed 'em if they'd been took away.Meadow Grass|Alice Brown
That'll do, zur; 'ee toald I to carl 'ee, and I hope I ha' carld 'ee properly.
British Dictionary definitions for ha (1 of 7)
British Dictionary definitions for ha (2 of 7)
British Dictionary definitions for ha (3 of 7)
British Dictionary definitions for ha (4 of 7)
noun plural h's, H's or Hs
- something shaped like an H
- (in combination)an H-beam
British Dictionary definitions for ha (5 of 7)
British Dictionary definitions for ha (6 of 7)
Word Origin for h.a.
British Dictionary definitions for ha (7 of 7)
- magnetic field strength
Word Origin and History for ha (1 of 2)
c.1300, natural expression of surprise, distress, etc.; found in most European languages; in Old English, Greek, Latin, Old French as ha ha. A ha-ha (1712), from French, was "an obstacle interrupting one's way sharply and disagreeably;" so called because it "surprizes ... and makes one cry Ah! Ah!" [Alexander Le Blond, "The Theory and Practice of Gardening," 1712].
Word Origin and History for ha (1 of 2)
the pronunciation "aitch" was in Old French (ache "name of the letter H"), and is from a presumed Late Latin *accha (cf. Italian effe, elle, emme), with the central sound approximating the value of the letter when it passed from Roman to Germanic, where it at first represented a strong, distinctly aspirated -kh- sound close to that in Scottish loch. In earlier Latin the letter was called ha.
In Romanic languages, the sound became silent in Late Latin and was omitted in Old French and Italian, but it was restored in Middle English spelling in words borrowed from French, and often later in pronunciation, too. Thus Modern English has words ultimately from Latin with missing -h- (e.g. able, from Latin habile); with a silent -h- (e.g. heir, hour); with a formerly silent -h- now often vocalized (e.g. humble, humor, herb); and even a few with an excrescent -h- fitted in confusion to words that never had one (e.g. hostage, hermit).
Relics of the formerly unvoiced -h- persist in pedantic insistence on an historical (object) and in obsolete mine host. The use in digraphs (e.g. -sh-, -th-) goes back to the ancient Greek alphabet, which used it in -ph-, -th-, -kh- until -H- took on the value of a long "e" and the digraphs acquired their own characters. The letter passed into Roman use before this evolution, and thus retained there more of its original Semitic value.