noun, plural halves [havz, hahvz] /hævz, hɑvz/.
- half dollar.
- the sum of 50 cents: Four dimes and two nickels make a half.
- not at all; not really: His first attempts at painting are not half bad.
- half(def 20).
Origin of half
Synonyms for half
Related Words for halfpartly, fraction, limited, moderate, division, moiety, hemisphere, bisection, divided, fractional, incomplete, even-steven, fifty-fifty
Examples from the Web for half
Contemporary Examples of half
Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
As a result, training squadrons—called Formal Training Units (FTU)—are being staffed with less than half the people they need.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
Travel Noire fellows earned about a half million travel miles in 2014.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
Murders in the City of Angels have fallen by about half in the last 10 years: no small feat for such a big city.America’s 2014 Murder Capital
January 3, 2015
Do those things," he said, "and you'll have half a chance of being successful.
Historical Examples of half
Moreover, I believe, dearest Eudora, that half your wrongs are in your own imagination.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Half a dozen of Percival's friends sat at the table with them from time to time.
"Nothing but a half loaf, and that's dry enough," muttered the stranger.Brave and Bold
The ball of red fire in the west was half below the rim of the distant peak.
I threw off all reserve--about half a pound, I should judge.
noun plural halves (hɑːvz)
- either of two equal or corresponding parts that together comprise a whole
- a quantity equalling such a parthalf a dozen
- to share the expenses (of something with one other person)
- to share the whole amount (of something with another person)to go halves on an orange
- being a half or approximately a halfhalf the kingdom
- (as pronoun; functioning as sing or plural)half of them came
- not in any wayhe's not half clever enough
- Britishreally; very; indeedhe isn't half stupid
- certainly; yes, indeed
Word Origin for half
Old English half, halb (Mercian), healf (W. Saxon) "side, part," not necessarily of equal division (original sense preserved in behalf), noun, adjective, and adverb all in Old English, from Proto-Germanic *khalbas "something divided" (cf. Old Saxon halba, Old Norse halfr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch half, German halb, Gothic halbs "half"), perhaps from PIE (s)kel- "to cut."
Used also in Old English phrases as in modern German, to mean "one half unit less than," e.g. þridda healf "two and a half," literally "half third." The construction in two and a half, etc., is first recorded c.1200. Of time, in half past ten, etc., first attested 1750; in Scottish, the half often is prefixed to the following hour, as in German (e.g. halb elf "ten thirty"). To go off half-cocked "speak or act too hastily" (1833) is in allusion to firearms going off prematurely.
In addition to the idioms beginning with half
- half a heart, with
- half a loaf is better than none
- half a mind
- half of it
- half the battle
- at half-mast
- better half
- by half
- glass is half full
- go halfway
- go off (half-cocked)
- in half
- not bad (half bad)
- six of one, half dozen of the other
- time and a half
- with half an eye
Also see underhalfwayhalves.