- Archaic. called or named: Childe Harold was he hight.
Origin of hight1
- (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
"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).