Origin of closed

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at close, -ed2
Related formshalf-closed, adjectivesem·i·closed, adjectivewell-closed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for half-closed

Historical Examples of half-closed

  • Again the priest, with half-closed eyes, snuggled into his cushions.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Then he half-closed his large, pale eyes, and tilted his head a little.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "I think I understand you," said he, with a cunning expression in his half-closed eyes.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • He arose and watched them through the half-closed jalousies.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • "True, ever true," muttered the youth, with half-closed lids.

British Dictionary definitions for half-closed



partially closedwith half-closed eyes



blocked against entry; shut
restricted; exclusive
not open to question or debate
(of a hunting season, etc) close
  1. (of a curve or surface) completely enclosing an area or volume
  2. (of a set) having members that can be produced by a specific operation on other members of the same setthe integers are a closed set under multiplication
Also: checked phonetics
  1. denoting a syllable that ends in a consonant
  2. another word for close 1 (def. 21)
not open to public entry or membershipthe closed society of publishing
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Word Origin and History for half-closed



c.1200, past participle adjective from close (v.). Closed circuit is attested from 1827; closed shop in union sense from 1904; closed system first recorded 1896 in William James.

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