half

[ haf, hahf ]
/ hæf, hɑf /
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noun, plural halves [havz, hahvz]. /hævz, hɑvz/.

adjective

adverb

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Idioms for half

Origin of half

before 900; Middle English; Old English h(e)alf; cognate with German Halb,Old Norse halfr,Gothic halbs

grammar notes for half

See well1.
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British Dictionary definitions for half (1 of 2)

Other words from half

Related prefixes: bi-, demi-, hemi-, semi-

Word Origin for half

Old English healf; related to Old Norse halfr, Old High German halb, Dutch half

British Dictionary definitions for half (2 of 2)

half-

prefix

one of two equal partshalf-moon
related by one parent onlyhalf-sister
not completely; partlyhalf-hardy
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Idioms and Phrases with half

half

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