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
Examples from the Web for 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|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Travel Noire fellows earned about a half million travel miles in 2014.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Murders in the City of Angels have fallen by about half in the last 10 years: no small feat for such a big city.
Do those things," he said, "and you'll have half a chance of being successful.
Perhaps I was wrong to lose my temper and threaten him, but I am half mad.An American Suffragette|Isaac N. Stevens
He had a selection on a long box-scrub siding of the ridges, about half a mile back and up from the coach road.On the Track|Henry Lawson
The morning after our departure was very foggy, and towards noon we had to slow down to less than half speed.Under the Dragon Flag|James Allan
This class, Mr. C. supposes, embraces one half of the whole number transported from Africa.Abolitionism Exposed!|W. W. Sleigh
This time he did not regain his poise, but with a movement that seemed half a leap, half a fall, launched himself into mid-air.Hour of Enchantment|Roy J. Snell
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.