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[haf-uh n-haf, hahf-uh n-hahf]
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  1. a mixture of two things, especially in equal or nearly equal proportions.
  2. milk and light cream combined in equal parts, especially for table use.
  3. Chiefly British. a mixture of two malt liquors, especially porter and ale.
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  1. half one thing and half another.
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  1. in two equal parts.
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Origin of half-and-half

First recorded in 1705–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for half-and-half

cream, buttermilk, half-and-half, condensed, raw, skim, formula, whole, goat, chalk, pasteurized

Examples from the Web for half-and-half

Historical Examples of half-and-half

  • Mayhap you think it's you're pint of half-and-half as keeps us all out of the union.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • His boat attack had been a half-and-half affair, for all that.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Away with your half-and-half sinners who have some love for virtue!


    John Tulloch

  • "You're such a half-and-half man," she said with a note of contempt in her voice.

    The Angel of Terror

    Edgar Wallace

  • By this time the waiter brought Mr. Peacock the half-and-half.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for half-and-half


  1. a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
  2. a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild
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  1. of half one thing and half another thing
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  1. in two equal parts
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Word Origin and History for half-and-half


1756 as "ale and porter;" as a mixture of milk and cream, by 1946.

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