Humphrey

[ huhm-free ]
/ ˈhʌm fri /
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noun

Duke of Gloucester, 1391–1447, English soldier and statesman (youngest son of Henry IV).
Doris,1895–1958, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
Hubert H(oratio),1911–78, U.S. politician: vice president 1965–69.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “high” and “peace.”
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Humphrey

/ (ˈhʌmfrɪ) /

noun

Duke Humphrey See Gloucester (def. 1)
Hubert Horatio. 1911–78, US statesman; vice-president of the US under President Johnson (1965–69)
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Word Origin and History for humphrey

Humphrey


masc. proper name, from Old English Hunfrið, probably from Proto-Germanic *hun "strength" + Old English frið "peace." To dine with Duke Humphrey (17c.) meant to go without a meal, though the reason for the expression now is obscure.

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