hight

1
[hahyt]

Origin of hight

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English heht, reduplicated preterit of hātan to name, call, promise, command (cognate with German heissen to call, be called, mean); akin to behest
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British Dictionary definitions for highter

hight

verb
  1. (tr; used only as a past tense in the passive or as a past participle) archaic, poetic to name; calla maid hight Mary

Word Origin for hight

Old English heht, from hatan to call; related to Old Norse heita, Old Frisian hēta, Old High German heizzan
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Word Origin and History for highter

hight

v.

"named, called" (archaic), from levelled past participle of Middle English highte, from Old English hatte "I am called" (passive of hatan "to call, name, command") merged with heht "called," active past tense of the same verb. Hatte was the only survival in Old English of the old Germanic synthetic passive tense. The word is related to Old Norse heita, Dutch heten, German heißen, Gothic haitan "to call, be called, command" (see cite).

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