[ haf-seez, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌsiz, ˈhɑf- /
drunk; intoxicated; inebriated.
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Origin of half-seas over
First recorded in 1545–55
Words nearby half-seas over
Definition for half seas over (2 of 2)
[ see ]
/ si /
the salt waters that cover the greater part of the earth's surface.
a division of these waters, of considerable extent, more or less definitely marked off by land boundaries: the North Sea.
one of the seven seas; ocean.
a large lake or landlocked body of water.
the degree or amount of turbulence of the ocean or other body of water, as caused by the wind.
a large wave: The heavy seas almost drowned us.
a widely extended, copious, or overwhelming quantity: a sea of faces; a sea of troubles.
the work, travel, and shipboard life of a sailor: The sea is a hard life but a rewarding one.
of, relating to, or adapted for use at sea.
Origin of sea
before 900; Middle English see, Old English sǣ; cognate with Dutch zee, German See, Old Norse sær sea, Gothic saiws marsh
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British Dictionary definitions for half seas over (1 of 2)
half seas over
British informal drunk
British Dictionary definitions for half seas over (2 of 2)
/ (siː) /
- the sea the mass of salt water on the earth's surface as differentiated from the landRelated adjectives: marine, maritime, thalassic
- (as modifier)sea air
(capital when part of place name)
- one of the smaller areas of oceanthe Irish Sea
- a large inland area of waterthe Caspian Sea
turbulence or swell, esp of considerable sizeheavy seas
(capital when part of a name) astronomy any of many huge dry plains on the surface of the moonSee also mare 2
anything resembling the sea in size or apparent limitlessness
the life or career of a sailor (esp in the phrase follow the sea)
- on the ocean
- in a state of confusion
go to sea to become a sailor
put to sea or put out to sea to embark on a sea voyage
Word Origin for sea
Old English sǣ; related to Old Norse sǣr, Old Frisian sē, Gothic saiws, Old High German sēo
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Scientific definitions for half seas over
[ sē ]
The continuous body of salt water that covers most of the Earth's surface.
A region of water within an ocean and partly enclosed by land, such as the North Sea. See Note at ocean.
A large body of either fresh or salt water that is completely enclosed by land, such as the Caspian Sea.
Astronomy A mare.
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Idioms and Phrases with half seas over
In addition to the idiom beginning with sea
- sea legs
- seal of approval
- seal off
- seal one's fate
- at sea
- between a rock and a hard place (devil and the deep blue sea)
- high seas
- not the only fish in the sea
- put out (to sea)
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