half-seas over

[ haf-seez, hahf- ]
/ ˈhæfˌsiz, ˈhɑf- /
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adjective Slang.

drunk; intoxicated; inebriated.

Origin of half-seas over

First recorded in 1545–55

Definition for half seas over (2 of 2)

sea

[ see ]
/ si /

noun


adjective

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

SYNONYMS FOR sea

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British Dictionary definitions for half seas over (1 of 2)

half seas over

adjective

British informal drunk

British Dictionary definitions for half seas over (2 of 2)

sea

/ (siː) /

noun


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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Science definitions for half seas over

sea

[ 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

sea

In addition to the idiom beginning with sea

  • sea legs
  • seal of approval
  • seal off
  • seal one's fate

also see:

  • 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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