half-and-half

[ haf-uh n-haf, hahf-uh n-hahf ]
/ ˈhæf ənˈhæf, ˈhɑf ənˈhɑf /

noun

a mixture of two things, especially in equal or nearly equal proportions.
milk and light cream combined in equal parts, especially for table use.
Chiefly British. a mixture of two malt liquors, especially porter and ale.

adjective

half one thing and half another.

adverb

in two equal parts.

Nearby words

  1. half volley,
  2. half wellington,
  3. half-,
  4. half-a-crown,
  5. half-a-dollar,
  6. half-arsed,
  7. half-asleep,
  8. half-assed,
  9. half-awake,
  10. half-baked

Origin of half-and-half

First recorded in 1705–15

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British Dictionary definitions for half-and-half

half-and-half

noun

a mixture of half one thing and half another thing
a drink consisting of equal parts of beer and stout, or equal parts of bitter and mild

adjective

of half one thing and half another thing

adverb

in two equal parts
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Word Origin and History for half-and-half

half-and-half

n.

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

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