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hornify etymology horny + fy
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To make horny, or like horn in texture; to harden.
    • 1930, The Journal of the American Dental Association: Volume 17 We see in Figure 8 that the hornified cuticle runs continuously over the cementum …
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To make horny; to excite sexually; to arouse.
    • 2005, Jeff Harris, Fay and Eddy (page 88) The air and the water hornified him. Then he met her. The sun was making her horny, and the sunset got her horny, and the moon, and the trees and the birds, they all got her horny…
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To horn; to cuckold. {{rfquotek}}
horniness etymology horny + ness
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Quality of being horny, of having a texture like horn. the horniness of a hoof
  2. (vulgar) The state, quality, or extent of being horny or sexually excited.
Synonyms: (sexual excitement) randiness
horny pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈhɔɹ.ni/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Hard or bony, like an animal's horn.
  2. Having horn "In 1997, 4th and 5th grade Waterville Elementary students told me they saw Short-horned lizards (commonly known as Horny toads) all around their area." http//depts.washington.edu/natmap/projects/waterville/begin.html
  3. (informal, vulgar) Sexually aroused. That girl makes me feel horny.
    • 1949, Henry Miller, Sexus , “Her thick, gurgling voice saying...: "Get it in all the way... please, please do... I’m horny."”
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Synonyms: (hard or bony) callous, coarse, coarsen, harden, rough, (having horns) horned, (sexually aroused) randy, toey, excited; see also , See also
horrid etymology From Latin horridus, from horrere. See horrent, horror, ordure pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒɹɪd/
  • (US) /ˈhɔɹɪd/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (archaic) bristling, rough, rugged His haughtie Helmet. horrid all with gold,//Both glorious brightnesse and great terror bredd. - , The Faerie Queen, I-vii-31 Horrid with fern, and intricate with thorn. - Ye grots and caverns shagg's with horrid thorn! - , Eloisa to Abelard, I-20
  2. causing horror or dread Give colour to my pale cheek with thy blood,//that we the horrider may seem to those//Which chance to find us. - Shakespeare, Cymbeline, IV-ii I myself will be//The priest, and boldly do those horrid rites//You shake to think on. - , Sea Voyage, V-iv Not in the legions Of horrid hell. - Shakespeare, Macbeth, IV-iii What say you then to fair Sir Percivale,//And of the horrid foulness that he wrought? - , Merlin and Vivien
  3. offensive, disagreeable, abominable, execrable 1668 My Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a horrid shame. - , Diary, October 23 About the middle of November we began to work on our Ship's bottom, which we found very much eaten with the Worm: For this is a horrid place for Worms. - , Voyages, I-362 Already I your tears survey,//Already hear the horrid things they say. - , The Rape of the Lock, IV-108
  • "Horrid" and "horrible" originally had different meanings, but have become almost synonymous over the years.
Synonyms: abominable, alarming, appalling, awful, dire, dreadful, frightful, harrowing, hideous, horrible, revolting, shocking, terrific
horror Alternative forms: horrour (UK, hypercorrect spelling or archaic) etymology From Old French horror, from Latin horror, from horrere. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈhɔɹɚ/, /ˈhoɚ/
  • (New York), (Philadelphia) /ˈhɑɹɚ/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (some American accents)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An intense painful emotion of fear or repugnance.
  2. An intense dislike or aversion; an abhorrence.
  3. A genre of fiction, meant to evoke a feeling of fear and suspense.
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    • 1947, re-release poster, tagline: A Nightmare of Horror!
  4. (informal) An intense anxiety or a nervous depression; this sense can also be spoken or written as the horrors.
related terms:
  • horrible
  • horrid
  • horrific
  • horrifical
  • horrification
  • horrify
  • horrendous
Synonyms: nightmare
horrorfest etymology horror + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A situation, event, film, etc. that is full of horror.
horror movie {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A motion picture which entertains by horrify or frighten the audience.
Synonyms: horror film, horror flick
hyponyms:
  • creature feature
  • slasher movie
related terms:
  • horror story
horse pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /hɔː(ɹ)s/
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  • {{homophones}} (in many dialects)
etymology 1 From Middle English horse, hors, from Old English hors, from Proto-Germanic *hrussą, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱr̥sos 〈*ḱr̥sos〉, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱers- 〈*ḱers-〉. {{rel-top}} Cognate with Scots hors, Northern Frisian hors, Western Frisian hoars, Dutch ros, German Ross, Swedish russ, Icelandic hross, Latin currus, Welsh car. Related to hurry. {{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) Any of several animal related to Equus ferus caballus.
    1. A hoof mammal, of the genus Equus, often used throughout history for riding and draft work. exampleA cowboy's greatest friend is his horse.
      • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGtP}} Athelstan Arundel walked home{{nb...}}, foaming and raging.…He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
      • 1922, Ben Travers , 5, [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1521052W A Cuckoo in the Nest] , “The departure was not unduly prolonged.…Within the door Mrs. Spoker hastily imparted to Mrs. Love a few final sentiments on the subject of Divine Intention in the disposition of buckets; farewells and last commiserations; a deep, guttural instigation to the horse; and the wheels of the waggonette crunched heavily away into obscurity.”
    2. (zoology) Any current or extinct animal of the family Equidae, including the zebra or the ass. exampleThese bone features, distinctive in the zebra, are actually present in all horses.
    3. (military, sometimes, uncountable) Cavalry soldiers (sometimes capitalized when referring to an official category). exampleWe should place two units of horse and one of foot on this side of the field. exampleAll the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again.
    4. (chess, informal) The chess piece representing a knight, depicted as a horse. exampleNow just remind me how the horse moves again?
    5. (slang) A large person. exampleEvery linebacker they have is a real horse.
    6. (historical) A timber frame shaped like a horse, which soldier were made to ride for punishment.
  2. (heading) Equipment with legs.
    1. In gymnastics, a piece of equipment with a body on two or four legs, approximately four feet high with two handles on top. exampleShe's scored very highly with the parallel bars; let's see how she does with the horse.
    2. A frame with leg, used to support something. examplea clothes horse;   a sawhorse
  3. (heading, nautical) Equipment.
    1. A rope stretching along a yard, upon which men stand when reefing or furling the sails; footrope.
    2. A breastband for a leadsman.
    3. An iron bar for a sheet traveller to slide upon.
    4. A jackstay. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  4. (mining) A mass of earthy matter, or rock of the same character as the wall rock, occurring in the course of a vein, as of coal or ore; hence, to take horse (said of a vein) is to divide into branches for a distance.
  5. (slang) The sedative, antidepressant, and anxiolytic drug morphine, chiefly when used illicitly.
    • 1962, , 00:15:20 Check that shirt. I got a couple of jolt of horse stashed under the collar
  6. (US) An informal variant of basketball in which players match shots made by their opponent(s), each miss adding a letter to the word "horse", with 5 misses spelling the whole word and eliminating a player, until only the winner is left. Also HORSE, H-O-R-S-E or H.O.R.S.E. (see {{pedialite}}).
  7. (dated, slang, among students) A translation or other illegitimate aid in study or examination.
  8. (dated, slang, among students) horseplay; tomfoolery
  • The noun can be used attributive in compounds and phrases to add the sense of large and / or coarse
Synonyms: (animal) horsie, nag, steed, (gymnastic equipment) pommel horse, vaulting horse, (chess piece) knight, (illegitimate study aid) dobbin, pony, trot
hyponyms:
  • (animal) colt, foal, filly, gelding, palomino, pony, stallion
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To frolic, to act mischievously. (Usually followed by "around".)
    • {{rfdate}} Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (script) "Genghis Khan! Abe Lincoln! That’s funny until someone gets hurt."But Genghis Khan and Lincoln keep horsing around.
    • {{rfdate}} Ted Lawson, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo: I told him that if I passed out before we got to a hospital I wanted him to see to it that no quack horsed around with my leg.
  2. (transitive) To provide with a horse.
    • Shakespeare being better horsed, outrode me
  3. (obsolete) To get on horseback.
    • 1888, , : He horsed himself well.
  4. To sit astride of; to bestride.
    • 1608, , , II. i. 203: Stalls, bulks, windows / Are smothered up, leads filled, and ridges horsed / With variable complexions, all agreeing / In earnestness to see him.
  5. (of a male horse) To copulate with (a mare).
  6. To take or carry on the back.
    • S. Butler the keeper, horsing a deer
  7. To place on the back of another person, or on a wooden horse, etc., to be flog; to subject to such punishment.
    • 1963, Charles Harold Nichols, Many Thousand Gone So they brought him out and horsed him upon the back of Planter George, and whipped him until he fell quivering in the dust.
etymology 2 unknown
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang, dated) Heroin. Alright, mate, got any horse?
Synonyms: (heroin) H, smack
statistics:
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anagrams:
  • hoers, hoser, shero, shoer, shore, Shore
horse's ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) A jerk; an unpleasant, unlikable person; an asshole. At the party he behaved like a real horse's ass.
  2. (vulgar, idiomatic) A thing or person which is visually unappealing. That is one horse's ass of a paint job.
horse's doovers etymology Fanciful corruption of hors d'oeuvres. Apparently British/Australian prison or POW slang.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (UK, Australia, jocular, slang) An hors d'oeuvre; hors d'oeuvres.
    • 1962, William Morris, Mary Morris, Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, None of us is likely to stray so far from the correct pronunciation as the legendary new-rich oil millionaire who demanded “horses′ doovers”...
    • 1973, , Survival in the Doghouse, page 86, On a couple of our little occasional tables - we′ve got three - they′ve got horse′s doovers set out. Things on cracker biscuits.
    • 1982, , 1993, HarperCollins, page 290, “How! We eat now, together. Horse′s doovers and large snow puddings that make the tongue dead. Joll-ee good!”
    • 2000, , , ...everyone throws their hats in the air and shouts “hoorah!” and then it′s all over bar the drinks and horses′ doovers and findin′ your own hat.
    • 2004, Gene McDougall, My Letters to David Letterman, Virtualbookworm.com, Texas, page 38, As we were all sampling the horse′s doovers, one of the guests, evidently thirsting for a deep philosophical discussion, asked me for my views on the meaning of life.
    • 2009, Glenn Ickler, A Deadly Vineyard, StirlingHouse Publisher, Pennsylvania, page 109, “…He wants us there by 6:30 for cocktails and, as he said it, horse′s doovers.”
horse blanket
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A blanket placed underneath the saddle of a horse.
  2. (obsolete, slang) currency in the 1800s consisting of large size notes/bills.
    • 1986: William Schneider, Moses Cruikshank, The Life I've Been Living And then he had those great big, what they used to call "horse blankets." You know those bills? Yeah, that's what the young man gave him.
    • 2006: BooBooBillQueen, Treasury ordered to make bills recognizable to blind people on Collectors Universe Forums Right now, I am teaching my daughter about "horse blankets" and that "money used to be this big". Who knows? Maybe she will tell her kids how she can remember when dollars didn't have holes for the blind...
    • Typically your small size (the same physical size as regular money, as opposed to the old horse blankets) silver certificate is worth about 5% more than face.
horse cock Alternative forms: horsecock
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable, vulgar, slang) A very large penis.
    • 1962, Henry Miller, Sexus, Grove Press (1987), ISBN 0802151809, page 184: Well, if anybody had a big cock it was Bill Woodruff. It was a veritable horse cock.
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  2. (uncountable, slang, chiefly military) Sausage such as baloney or salami.
    • 2004, Lewis M. Andrews, Tempest, Fire & Foe: Destroyer Escorts in World War II and the Men Who Manned Them, Trafford Publishing (2004), ISBN 1412021588, page 50: {{…}} Those who served on the Mediterranean convoys may remember that we had to carry food for the round trip, and the last 1000-2000 miles were a steady diet of baloney. We felt "horse cock" was good enough for prisoners too, especially those who ordered "Fire!" on our ships.
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  3. (uncountable, slang) Nonsense, bullshit.
    • 1925, Ernest Hemingway, letter to Harold Loeb dated 5 January 1925, quoted in Kenneth Schuyler Lynn, Hemingway, Harvard University Press (1995; first published 1987), ISBN 0674387325, page 266: Don said it was all horse cock except they didn't want to lead off with a book of short stories no matter whether good or not.
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Synonyms: (large penis) donkey cock, donkey dick, horse dick, monster cock, supercock, superdick, superpenis, (nonsense) see also .
horse dick Alternative forms: horsedick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A very large penis.
Synonyms: donkey cock, donkey dick, horse cock, monster cock, supercock, superdick, superpenis
quotations:
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horsefucker etymology From horse + fucker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, offensive, vulgar) Term of abuse.
horsehide etymology horse + hide
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Hide of a horse.
  2. (baseball, slang) A baseball. {{defdate}}
horse hockey Alternative forms: horse puckey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Horse excrement, horseshit.
  2. (slang, euphemistic) False or deceitful statements; lie; exaggeration; nonsense. (a euphemism for horseshit).
  3. (sports) Polo.
Synonyms: See also
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An expression of disbelief or disgust.
horse-hung pronunciation
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, of a man) Endowed with a considerably larger-than-average penis
    • 2011, Jonathan Asche, Kept Men, page 236 I was in a seated position, my ass resting on the stranger's fantastic endowment. My hands reached behind me for support, but the horse-hung mystery man had me, his arms clamped around my chest.
    • 2010, Bob Archman, Clydesdale Goes to Washington His young playmate had mentioned the Club had lost its only horse-hung top and the members were unhappy about that.
    • 2007, William Maltese, Summer Sweat, page 109 "This damned thing", as it turns out, is his cock, which he manhandles for additional emphasis, squeezes, twists, pets, prods, paws, with an accompanying little dance, complete with knee squats that finally, it would seem, provide his hard prick with a better-than-original alignment. As well, I might add, as making it all the more evident that the kid is not only cowboy-cute but cowboy-horse hung.
  2. (slang, of a man's penis) considerably larger than the average penis
    • 2011, Mickey Erlach, Gym Buddies & Buff Boys The more muscle a man had the harder Drew's cock got, especially if he was black, especially if his skin was a dark as chocolate and his crotch bulged with a horse hung dick and nuts the size of billiard balls.
    • 2010, Michael Gleich, Sarge and the Sailor Boy The marine sergeant drifted off for a moment, his legs relaxed while his fucking horse-hung dick began to soften enough for the sailor's stretched out lips to ease up somewhat.
    • 2008, Habu, Tropical Sizzlers, page 92 With one hand, he positions the bulbous head of my horse-hung cock at his asshole and then resumes crawling his butt into me, letting his ass channel muscles grab my cock and pull it inside him.
related terms:
  • hung like a horse
  • well hung, well-hung
horse latitudes {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: horse-latitudes, Horse Latitudes
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (informal, geography, meteorology) The warm, subtropical bands which encircle the globe between approximately 30 and 35 degrees both north and south of the Equator, characterized by high atmospheric pressure and dry, variable winds ranging from calm to light.
    • 1866, W. Moy Thomas (translator), (author), Toilers of the Sea, ch. 6: At the equator, an immense mist seems permanently to encircle the globe. It is known as the cloud-ring. The function of the cloud-ring is to temper the heat of the tropics. . . . These are what are called horse latitudes. It was here that navigators of bygone ages were accustomed to cast their horses into the sea to lighten the ship in stormy weather.
    • 1945 May, "What is Weather?," Flying Magazine vol. 36, no 5, p. 31: The north boundary of Zone A is a belt of high barometric pressure known to many generations of seafaring men as the "Horse Latitudes." Here air currents are divergent and there is relatively low humidity.
    • 1999 August 15, , "Captains Courageous," Time: The 27,000-mile course starts in November in the Bay of Biscay on the coast of France; points south through the horse latitudes and doldrums, past Africa to the bottom of the world; rounds Cape Horn; then turns north to home.
    • 2011, Dominic Smith, Bright and Distant Shores, ISBN 9781439198889, p. 125: The captain used the idle Horse Latitudes to train and prepare the remainder of the crew.
  2. (figuratively) A condition of relative inactivity, calm, or lethargy.
    • 1961 December 15, "State of Business: Hardening the Soft Spots," Time: After months in the horse latitudes, retail and auto sales are scudding along at a brisk pace.
    • 1991 July 23, Woody Hochswender, "Patterns," New York Times (retrieved 14 May 2013): These are the horse latitudes of fashion, when it's O.K. not to think about clothes, if only for 15 minutes.
    • 2000 July 24, , "When a tax-free Internet robs the states, guess who they will tax?," Free Lance-Star, p. A9 (retrieved 16 May 2013): The Senate version of the House measure now bobs quietly in the horse latitudes of legislative inaction.
    • 2006 July 8, Bob Ekstrom, "One Amazin’ Debacle," Sports Central (retrieved 16 May 2013): The Mets were once the clipper ship of baseball, but a demoralizing 4-8 run against the American League East has left them adrift in the horse latitudes.
horse marine
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical, slang) An awkward, lubberly person; one of a mythical body of marine cavalry.
horse pill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, sometimes, mildly humorous) A medicinal pill which is very large in size and is therefore difficult for a person to swallow.
    • 2002 June 26, "CNN.com - Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Vitamins and Alzheimer's," CNN (retrieved 25 Nov 2013): I'm lucky enough to remember to take my horse pill, much less drop it into a glass and wait 45 minutes.
    • 2008 Dec. 31, Becky Jungbauer, "Vitamin Supplements: Fact Or Folklore?," Science 2.0 (retrieved 25 Nov 2013): I do know that I feel better when I remember to take my multivitamin, iron and vitamin D supplements, and the occasional fish oil horse pill.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension) A fact, proposal, claim, etc. that is difficult to accept or believe.
    • 1967 August 26, Harry Schwartz, "Answer To Soviet Shift: China," St. Petersburg Times, p. 8A (retrieved 25 Nov 2013): Even pro-Soviet Communists will find the Geneva accord a difficult horse pill to swallow.
    • 1984 August 4, "Reagan will pledge to preserve tax cut, sources say," The News and Courier, p. 8A (retrieved 25 Nov 2013): Mac Carey, an aide to leading tax-cut crusaders in Congress, called the draft language in Reagan's radio speech "a horse pill. It's very difficult to swallow."
    • 2002 June 20, Michael Cooper, "New York City Budget: The Deal," New York Times (retrieved 25 Nov 2013): Officials know that if this year's budget is a bitter pill to swallow, next year's will be a bitter horse pill.
    • 2009 Nov. 30, Guy Junker, "Junker: Panthers need to get over it," triblive.com (retrieved 25 Nov 2013): They need to swallow that big horse pill that is the West Virginia loss, forget about it and re-focus this week.
Synonyms: (fact, proposal, claim, etc that is difficult to accept or believe) hard pill to swallow
horseshit etymology horse + shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Serious harassment or abuse. That scumbag dumped a whole carload of horseshit over his associates.
  2. (vulgar, slang) Blatant nonsense, more likely stemming from ignorance than any intent to deceive. Don't you realize that's horseshit?
  3. (vulgar, slang) bullshit
horseshoe {{wikipedia}} etymology From horse + shoe. pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈhɔːs.ʃuː/
  • (US) /ˈhɔːrs.ʃuː/, /ˈhɔːr.ʃuː/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The U-shaped metallic shoe of a horse.
    • 1887, David A. Wells, "The Economic Disturbances since 1873", III, Popular Science 31 (no. 37): 595 And what has been thus affirmed of other leading commodities; the blacksmith, for example, no longer making, but buying his horseshoes, nails, nuts, and bolts;
  2. A U-shaped piece of metal used to play the game horseshoes.
    • 1997, Francis Edward Abernethy (editor), Texas toys and games‎, page 142 Each player has a turn at tossing his horseshoes, one at a time, at the stob opposite him. His opponent then throws his horseshoes.
  3. The U shape of a horseshoe.
    • 2005, Stuart H. James & Jon J. Nordby (editors), Forensic science: an introduction to scientific and investigative techniques, page 88 If there are no missing teeth and tooth alignment is good, two opposing well-defined horseshoes are seen. If, however, your denitition is mal-aligned or is missing anterior teeth, this pattern too should be reflected in the bite mark.
  4. (bodybuilding, slang) A well-developed set of triceps brachii muscle.
    • 2004, Ellington Darden, The New High-Intensity Training, page 58 The lateral head of your triceps forms the outside of the horseshoe, the long head forms the inside, the medial head lies beneath the long head, and the tendon occupies the flat space in the middle.
  5. (logic) The symbol .
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To apply horseshoes to a horse.
The shorter form shoe is more commonly used. Synonyms: (to apply horseshoes) shoe
horsiculture Alternative forms: horseyculture etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, slang) the commercial development of the countryside for pasturing or exercising horse
horsie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish) horse
anagrams:
  • hosier
horsy Alternative forms: horsey etymology horse + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of or relating to horse.
  2. Of a person or people, involved in breeding or riding horses.
  3. Of a graphic design or typographical treatment which is clunky, unrefined, clumsy.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (childish or endearing) A child's term or name for a horse.
  2. A game where a child rides on the back of another, who is on all fours (also spelled horsey).
    • 2000, Anique Devoe - I'm Ready When he got in the house, if I'd left him to read his newspaper in quiet, then he'd play horsey with me, riding me around the house on his back; I'd put a pillow on his back for my saddle
    • 2003, Bill Phillips - Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy When you get down on the floor and play “horsey”, you are giving yourself a heck of a workout – and it is fun for the kids!
    • 2005 Larry L. Meyer - No Paltry Thing: Memoirs Of A Geezer Dad The best barometer of my mounting physical limitations was the game of horsy. In my stallion's prime I could pack three little boys on my back at once and do the length of the hall in no time flat.
hose {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English hose, from Old English hose, hosa, from Proto-Germanic *husǭ (compare West Frisian hoas 'hose', Dutch hoos 'stocking, water-hose', German Hose 'trousers'), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-s (compare Tocharian A kać 'skin', Russian кишка 〈kiška〉 'gut', Ancient Greek κύστις 〈kýstis〉 'bladder', Sanskrit कोष्ठ 〈kōṣṭha〉, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keu-. More at sky. pronunciation
  • (UK) /həʊz/
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  • (US) /hoʊz/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) A flexible tube conveying water or other fluid.
  2. (uncountable) A stocking-like garment worn on the legs; pantyhose, women's tights.
  3. (obsolete) Close-fitting trousers or breeches, reaching to the knee.
    • Bible, Daniel iii. 21 These men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments.
    • Shakespeare His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide / For his shrunk shank.
  • (garment covering legs) Formerly a male garment covering the lower body, with the upper body covered by a doublet. By the 16th century hose had separated into two garments, stocken and breeches. Since the 1920's, hose refers mostly to women's stockings or pantyhose
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To water or spray with a hose.
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  2. (transitive) To deliver using a hose.
    • The Sinister Pig , Tony Hillerman , 2003 , page 57 , 0061098787 , “He had just finished hosing gasoline into his tank, a short man, burly, needing a shave, and wearing greasy coveralls.”
  3. (transitive) To provide with hose garment
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  4. (transitive) To attack and kill somebody, usually using a firearm.
    • {{quote-book }}
  5. (transitive) To trick or deceive.
    • {{quote-book }}
  6. (transitive, computing) To break a computer so everything needs to be reinstalled; to wipe all files.
    • {{quote-magazine }}
anagrams:
  • hoes
  • shoe
hosebag etymology hose + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An undesirable, boorish, unintelligent, or objectionable person; often used in jest; a hoser.
  2. (slang) A trashy, dirty, skanky or sexually loose woman.
hosebeast etymology hose + beast {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An objectionable woman.
    • 1992, Mike Myers, Wayne's World "Oh God. I made eye contact. Psycho hosebeast."
    • 1998, Poppy Z Brite, Courtney Love: The Real Story He called her a "psycho hosebeast" in print, and she responded with uncharacteristic (if pointed) restraint...
    • 2005, Ken Hattaway, Sin City Refugees Corrine is a conniving hosebeast was carved into the wall off to his right and had been recently been slapped with a coat of semi-gloss...
    • 2008, Gabriel Llanas, David Agranoff, The Vault of Punk Horror "Look, Bonnie, we all think you're a skanky hagfish psycho hosebeast bitch, and you're fucking up the band."
hose clamp {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device used to attach and seal a hose onto a fitting.
Synonyms: hose clip
hosehead etymology After Hosehead, the dog in
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory) An alcoholic.
  2. (slang, derogatory) A person from Canada.
hosemonkey Alternative forms: hose monkey, hose-monkey etymology From hose + monkey.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, uncommon) Term of endearment for a firefighter.
    • 2009, Steven "Kelly" Grayson, En Route: A Paramedic's Stories of Life, Death, and Everything in Between: "Want me to ride with you?" she offered. "I'm a registered nurse when I'm not playing hose monkey."
  • Usually used by police officers or other emergency service officials.
hoser pronunciation
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etymology hose + er The Canadian senses originally derive from hose, in reference to farmers who siphoned gas from farming vehicles; they were later reinforced by use to describe the players on the losing side of a game of shinny or hockey, who were required to hose down the rink to return it to a smooth state, and ultimately popularized in the 1980s by a sketch on the television show SCTV, in which Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas played Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of hosers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who operates a hose, e.g. a fire hose or a garden hose.
    • 2010, Rosalind Noonan, In a Heartbeat (ISBN 0758241674), page 34: … they found one of the neighbors hosing down the area. He was pretty resistant when the cops told him to turn off the hose. The hoser gave the cops a statement, …
    • 2011, Nigel Raab, Democracy Burning?: Urban Fire Departments and the Limits of Civil Society (ISBN 0773537791): Membership [in early Russian fire departments] included the mayor, a retired general, a teacher at a school for artists, a merchant, at least sixteen duma members, and teams of hosers, climbers, and security guards.
  2. (slang) One that hose, i.e. hurts (someone) badly.
    • 1997, Beth Moursund, The Official Magic: The Gathering : Strategies & Secrets (ISBN 0782120318), page 179: All three of these are blue-hosers. Every color in Magic has cards specifically designed to hurt it. Against many of the hosers, you can't really do much; the best strategy is simply not to rely too much on a single color.
  3. (Canada, slang) A person (especially a farmer) who siphons gasoline out of a vehicle or piece of equipment.
  4. (Canada, slang) A person who hoses down a lake after a game of hockey, to return it to a smooth state.
  5. (Canada, slang) A clumsy, boorish person, especially an over-eating, beer-drinking man, or a man prone to petty infractions such as taking other people's food or drinks.
    • 1985, Canadian Dimension, volume 19, page 94: We bet you know lots of hosers, eh. And you want to help them not be hosers.
    • 2012, Canadian Television: Text and Context (ISBN 1554583888), page ix: This brings me to the second, more interesting genre of Canadian TV drama, one focused on what can be summarized as “hosers, whores, boozers, and losers.”
    • 2013, The Death of Cool: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover (ISBN 1451614187): As we laughed, we passed a table of scowling hosers and they gave our chortles an extra boost. They were beginning to come to terms with the notion that family resorts are not known for their abundance of poon tang …
anagrams:
  • hoers
  • horse, HORSE
  • shero
  • shoer
  • shore, Shore
hospital {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old French hospital (Modern French hôpital), from Latin hospitālis, from hospes pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈhɑspɪtɫ/
  • (RP) /ˈhɒspɪtəl/,/~təɫ/,/~tɫ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A building designed to diagnose and treat the sick, injured or dying. Usually has a staff of doctor and nurse to aid in the treatment of patient.
  2. A building founded for the long term care of its residents, such as an almshouse. The residents may have no physical ailments, but simply need financial support.
  3. (obsolete) A place of lodging.
    • {{RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene}}, II.ix: they spide a goodly castle, plast / Foreby a riuer in a pleasaunt dale, / Which choosing for that euenings hospitale, / They thither marcht [...].
  4. (UK, chiefly, in prepositional phrases, without determiner or article) The place and state of being hospitalized. Luckily an ambulance arrived quickly and he was rushed to hospital.
Synonyms: sickhouse
related terms:
  • hospitable
  • hospitality
  • hospitaller
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (obsolete) hospitable {{rfquotek}}
hoss etymology Variant of horse. pronunciation
  • (US) /hɔːs/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Southern US, slang) eye-dialect of horse
  2. (Southern US, slang) A big, strong and dependable person, usually a man; one who is large like a horse.
  3. (Southern US, slang, often capitalized) Term of address for a man. What's up, hoss?
  4. {{rfv-sense}} (slang) A well-respected person.
  5. (Northwestern US, slang) A car.
Synonyms: (man) dude, man, brother, guy, chap, comrade, bol, bub
anagrams:
  • shos
hostie
etymology 1 From Latin hostia. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, Catholicism) the consecrate bread or wafer of the Eucharist, host.
    • 1694 August 9, , Letter XII, in 1845, (editor), Letters from James, Earl of Perth, Lord Chancellor of Scotland, &c, to His Sister, Countess of Erroll, and Other Members of His Family, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=0iYIAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA40&dq=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JaGFT-3gOPHImAXyzt23Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 40], This Hostie* is carryed about the streets in procession : and really it is very fine to see the solemnity.
    • 1725, , The History of the Reign of King Charles II, Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=0V8sMDcH1ZcC&pg=PA1033&dq=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Do-FT6f4DofumAXLpsXjBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 1011], But he went to another Prieſt, that lived in the Court, who gave him the pix with an hoſtie in it.
    • 1836, , Extraordinary Instance of Romish Imposition, The Church of England Magazine, Volume 1, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=-tfNAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA349&dq=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9oiFT8H4CNGMmQXEu-jfBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 349], The confessor gave him an hostie,* with a piece of wood, that was, as he pretended, a true piece of the cross, and by these he was to be fortify himself, if any other apparition should come to him, since evil spirits would certainly be chained up by them.…The friar presented the hostie to them, which gave them such a check, that he was fully satisfied of the virtue of this preservative.
etymology 2 From hostess + ie.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Australia, informal) An air hostess.
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    • 2003, Frances Whiting, Oh to Be a Marching Girl, Pan Macmillan Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=T0ozxkKHHSUC&pg=PT26&dq=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-IyFT9zyCeuYiAfwg_3ZBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 25], Emma, who is still 2.5 cm under the required hostie height and therefore may never realise her dream, said of her ordeal, ‘I was scared, but I did it for my career.’
    • 2011, Les Hawkins, Great Australian Fly-Fishing Stories, Chapter 20, HarperCollins Publishers Australia, [http//books.google.com.au/books?id=V9sThryXI_UC&pg=PT165&dq=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22+-intitle:%22hooroo%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PpuFT8bPJuSViAfo-KneBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22hostie%22|%22hosties%22%20-intitle%3A%22hooroo%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], The cute hostie at the check-in for Kamchatka accepted a note the Russian Ambassador in Canberra had given me about excess luggage and gave me a smile rather than a bill.
hypernyms:
  • flight attendant
hot Alternative forms: (physically attractive) hawt (slang, especially Internet), hott (slang, especially Internet) etymology From Middle English hot, hat, from Old English hāt, from Proto-Germanic *haitaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kAy-. Compare West Frisian hjit, Dutch heet, Low German het, German heiß, Danish hed. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /hɒt/
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  • (GenAm) {{enPR}}, /hɑt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Of an object, having a high temperature. exampleHe forgot the frying pan was hot, and dropped it suddenly.
    • {{RQ:Chrsty Atbgrfy}} There was also hairdressing: hairdressing, too, really was hairdressing in those times — no running a comb through it and that was that. It was curled, frizzed, waved, put in curlers overnight, waved with hot tongs;{{nb...}}.
  2. Of the weather, causing the air to be hot. exampleIt is too hot to be outside.  {{nowrap}}
  3. Of a person or animal, feeling the sensation of heat, especially to the point of discomfort. exampleI was so hot from being in the sun too long.  {{nowrap}}
  4. Feverish.
  5. Of food, spicy. exampleBefore moving to India, I never ate hot food. The Indians love spicy food.
  6. (informal) Very good, remarkable, exciting. {{defdate}} exampleHe's a hot young player, we should give him a trial.
  7. Stolen. {{defdate}} examplehot merchandise
  8. (incomparable) Electrically charged examplea hot wire
  9. (informal) Radioactive. {{defdate}}
  10. (slang) Of a person, very physically or sexually attractive. exampleThat girl is hot!
  11. (slang, ) Sexual; involving sexual intercourse or sexual excitement.
    • [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZFgQKJ5LovwC&pg=PA50&dq=%22hot+encounter+with%22&hl=en&ei=NPHzTaOpN46xhQf68fXABg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEAQ6AEwBjg8#v=onepage&q=%22hot%20encounter%20with%22&f=false Moving Toward The Light], Rick R. Reed, page 50, “There was only one problem. Paul was HIV positive. And just a few weeks after his hot encounter with Max, a letter arrived for him, containing some legalese about HIV infection being a criminal act, with a few chilling words”, 1609824288
  12. Popular; in demand. exampleHis new pickup is hot!
  13. Very close to finding or guessing something to be found or guessed. exampleAm I warm yet? — You're hot!
  14. Performing strongly; having repeated successes.
    • 1938, Harold M. Sherman, "Shooting Stars," Boys' Life (March 1938), Published by Boy Scouts of America, p.5: "Keep going! You're hot tonight!" urged Wally.
    • 2002, Peter Krause & Andy King, Play-By-Play Golf, First Avenue Editions, p.55: The ball lands on the fairway, just a couple of yards in front of the green. "Nice shot Sarah! You're hot today!" Jenny says.
  15. Fresh; just released.
    • 1960, Super Markets of the Sixties: Findings, recommendations.- v.2. The plans and sketches, Super Market Institute, p.30: A kid can stand in the street and sell newspapers, if the headlines are hot.
    • 2000, David Cressy, Travesties and transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: tales of discord and dissension, Oxford University Press, p.34: Some of these publications show signs of hasty production, indicating that they were written while the news was hot.
  16. Uncomfortable, difficult to deal with; awkward, dangerous, unpleasant.
    • The Waterfront Journals, David Wojnarowicz, Amy Scholder, 1997, “I've been living here a few weeks and it's starting to get a little hot for me … I've written myself out of several states in the last six years.”
    • The shadow in the sands, page 68, Sam Llewellyn, 1999, “The police are looking for an anarchist who answers my description, seen leaving the house the day before the fire; there was an explosion…So what with one thing and another, His Grace thinks the country a little hot for me now”
    • The Hummingbird Wizard, Meredith Blevins, 2004, “"Things are a little hot for us in San Francisco. We'll burn the vardo at Drake's Bay and then head to your place." "Things are hot, so you're heading to my place?" "Hot's not a big deal. Just a matter of jurisdiction and time.”
    • Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, page 287, Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner, 2008, “I'd also thought things might have gotten a little hot for him in Atlantic City, so he'd moved West to its bigger, badder cousin, where he wasn't as well known”
quotations:
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Synonyms: (having a high temperature) heated; see also , (of the weather) baking, boiling, boiling hot, sultry, sweltering, (feeling the sensation of heat) baking, boiling, boiling hot, (feverish) feverish, having a temperature, (spicy) piquant, spicy, tangy, (slang: stolen) stolen, (electrically charged) live, (radioactive) radioactive, (slang: physically or sexually attractive) attractive, beautiful, cute, fit, foxy, gorgeous, handsome, hunky, lush, pretty, sexy, studly, tasty, yummy
antonyms:
  • (having a high temperature) chilled, chilly, cold, cold as ice, freezing, freezing cold, frigid, glacial, ice-cold, icy
  • (of the weather) cold, freezing, freezing cold, icy
  • (feeling the sensation of heat) freezing, freezing cold
  • (spicy) bland, mild
  • (electrically charged) neutral, dead
  • (slang) lifeless
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (with up) To heat; to make or become hot.
  2. (with up) To become lively or exciting.
Synonyms: hot up; heat, heat up
statistics:
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anagrams:
  • tho, tho', thô
hot and bothered
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, slang) aroused, especially sexually
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial, slang) aggravated or irritated
hot and cold
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Ambivalent; having conflicting emotions.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) Ambivalently; with conflicting emotions. They went hot and cold about the proposal for a whole year, before finally saying no.
hot and heavy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic) Enthusiastic. The argument was hot and heavy.
  2. (idiomatic) Passionate. They had a hot and heavy love affair during the Summer.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Enthusiastically. They were arguing hot and heavy.
  2. (idiomatic, slang) Passionately; lustily. They were in the back seat of the car going at it hot and heavy.
hot beef injection Alternative forms: beef injection, hot-beef injection
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) Sexual intercourse.
    • 1999, Jack Heifner, Boys' Play: A Play in One Act, Dramatic Publishing (1999), ISBN 0871299070, page 21: Maybe her new boyfriend had just been over and given her a hot beef injection.
Synonyms: See also .
quotations:
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hot-beef injection
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) alternative form of hot beef injection
    • 2005, , Junk, ENC Press (2005), ISBN 0975254049, page 112: The woman licked her lipstick-smeared teeth at him and spoke, her voice full of hunger and venom: "Hey, Rev! You gonna be my sugar daddy? Wanna give me the hot-beef injection?"
quotations:
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hot box
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial, slang) To smoke a cigarette vigorously and rapidly
  2. (colloquial, slang) To smoke a cigarette or drug within a sealed tent in order to heat it up, or in the case of drugs, keep the fumes in. e.g: Jane hotboxed the tent earlier.
hotcha etymology Fanciful extension of hot. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒtʃə/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US, slang) Flashy, vivacious; attractive, desirable. {{defdate}}
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 53: ‘It seems he run Sternwood's hotcha daughter, the young one, off to Yuma.’
related terms:
  • hot
hotdog pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒtdɒɡ/
  • (US) /ˈhɑtdɑɡ/, /ˈhɑtdɔɡ
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of hot dog
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To show off, especially in surfing and other sports.
hot dog etymology 1894 (US), both the sense of frankfurter in a roll, and of show-off. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒt.dɒɡ/
  • (US) /ˈhɒt.dɒɡ/, /ˈhɒt.dɔɡ/
  • (Boston) /ˈhʌt.dɒɡ/, [ˈhʌʔ.dɒːɡ]
Alternative forms: hotdog
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. An expression of delight or enthusiasm
    • 1954, Oren Arnold, The Golden Chair, Elsevier, page 249, He patted his lap for her to sit on. Hot dog, I said to myself; settin' on his lap!
    • 2006, , Hundred-Dollar Baby, Putnam, ISBN 0399153764, page 140, "Anybody with an alibi they can tell me?" I said. No one said anything. "Hot dog!" I said.
  2. An expression of disappointment
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A food consisting of a frankfurter, or wiener, in a bread roll, usually served with ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.
  2. A sausage of the type used as a general ingredient in sense 1 (above).
  3. A show-off or daredevil, especially in such sports as surfing, skateboarding, or skiing.
  4. (NZ) A battered, deep-fried sausage or saveloy on a stick.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive, slang) To perform a dangerous or difficult act or stunt as a display of skill or daring.
Synonyms: to show off
hot hatch {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a high-performance hatchback motor car
hothead etymology From hot + head. Compare English hot-brain; Old English hātheort. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) One who anger easily or goes in search of argument or fight. The club was full of eager young hotheads who never seemed to be able to agree on anything.
  2. One who reacts quickly and without thinking carefully first
hot mess pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌhɑt ˈmɛs/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military) A warm meal, usually cooked in a large pot, often similar to a stew or porridge; service of such a heated meal to soldiers.
    • 1856, , Snarleyyow, or the Dog Fiend, page 10 "Smallbones," said the lieutenant, after trying the hot mess before him, and finding that he was still in danger of burning his mouth, "bring me the red-herring."
    • 1919, James Thayer Addison, The Story of the First Gas Regiment, page 150 I heard several of the enlisted men make the statement that Company C had provided hot mess for fully a thousand men of other units during the second day of the recent drive in and around Cheppy and Charpentry.
    • 1974, Langdon Sully, No Tears for the General: The Life of Alfred Sully, 1821-1879, page 119 He provided for a hot mess and he got the men up off the floor with improvised bunks.
    • 1980, , Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War, page 260 The men there would have settled for a Coleman stove and a hot-mess line, but the greatest contribution to their spirits, plus or minus, was mail call.
  2. (slang, idiomatic, chiefly, Southern US) A situation or object in a pitiful state of disarray.
  3. (slang, idiomatic, chiefly, Southern US) A disheveled or unbalanced person, sometimes particularly one who is nevertheless — or therefore — attractive.
    • 2003, , , page 271: My hair had two months of roots exposed. My brows were overgrown. I was a hot mess. And I was fat.
    • 2005, Desiree Day, Crazy Love, page 72: "Girl, you're a hot mess, but we're cool," she assured her, but her next words were a warning. "But you really need to stop blurting out the first thing that comes to your mind..."
    • 2009, Cobra Starship, Hot Mess (song on the album Hot Mess): Well, you're a hot mess and I'm falling for you, and I'm like hot damn, let me make you my boo, … You're a hot mess, I'm loving it, hell yes!
hot nickel
noun: hot nickel
  1. (slang) Interstate highway 5.
hots
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (slang) to have the "hots" for someone means to be physically attracted to them
anagrams:
  • host
  • shot
  • Thos.
  • tosh, TOSH
hot seat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) the electric chair
    • 1955, , "The Next Witness", in , October 1994 edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 10: With deep creases slanting across the jowls of his dark bony face from the corners of his wide full mouth, and his sunken dark eyes, he was certainly a prime subject for the artists who sketch candidates for the hot seat for the tabloids, and for three days they had been making the most of it.
  2. (by extension) any stressful situation
hot shit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) An exceptionally impressive person or thing
    • 1982 "Three Generations of DJs," Cincinnati Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 9 (Jun 1982), p90 There are some Jim Dandys in this business who think they are hot shit with their stay-pressed suits and their lifestyle research computer info, who will try to tell you what to do.
    • 2005 T. E. Church, Where the Heart Lies, iUniverse.com, p221 I have been called hot shit before, never knew what hot shit was, better than cold shit I guess.
    • 2006 Gene Geter, Igene, iUniverse.com, p124 Jolie knows she's hot shit right now and next year, at this time, she will probably be hotter shit.
    • 2007 C. Hyytinen, Pattern of Vengeance, Camille Hyytinen, p280 You think you're pretty hot shit, don't you?"
anagrams:
  • hottish
hotski
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Hot.
    • 2002, Andy Schell, My Best Man, Kensington Books, page 148 It's a beautiful relationship. I look down, past the bulge in his shorts; his legs are shaved. Hotski wow-wow. This big moose, with biceps and a tattoo, shaves his legs. It's a mixture of feminine and masculine that sends me through the roof.
    • 2011, Chris Jericho (quoting Hulk Hogan), Undisputed: How to Become the World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps, Hachette Digital, Inc., page When I was breaking into Hollywood, Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Seagal were all really hotski. There was no room for another action hero and I was a victim of the numbers
    • 2012, Lydia Zola, China on the Threshold of World War II, Dorrance Publishing, page 51 “Good morning, Colonel,” greeted Bill. “How are you? Not so hotski, I bet."
hot squat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) The electric chair
hot stuff
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) An attractive person, often used as a come-on or pickup line. Hey, hot stuff, wanna dance?
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Something excellent or exciting. Both teams think they're hot stuff this year.
  3. (idiomatic, slang) A roofing worker's term for hot bitumen.
  4. Used other than as an idiom: hot, stuff (colloquial) That's some real hot stuff you got there on your pizza!
hotsy-totsy
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Fine, all right, good.
    • 1945, James T. Farrell, Judgment Day, The World Publishing Company (1945), page 176: He and Catherine would patch it up, prosperity might now really be around the corner, it would all turn out hotsy-totsy, and Studs Lonigan would be singing in the bathtub, and singing in the rain, and singing.
    • 1972, Vance Randolph, Ozark Folklore: A Bibliography, Indiana University Research Center for the Language Sciences (1972), page 161: The waters made old men young, and everything was hotsy-totsy until Ouachita broke the "moral law" by killing a man who seemed likely to succeed him as chief. Then "the mountains yield molten lava," destroying Ouachita and his tribe.
    • 2001, Joseph Berger, Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust, Washington Square Press (2001), ISBN 0671027530, pages 279: “Joey, you're naive. You think this government is all hotsy-totsy, fair and square. But governments are not like that. {{…}}
  2. (slang, usually pejorative) Fancy, sophisticated.
    • 1952, Lester Dent, Cry at Dusk, MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Integrated Media (2012), ISBN 9781453292570, unnumbered page: I could never forget his supercilious sarcasm when I walked out on the practice field of his hotsy-totsy college, and he listened to my Flats accent, and listened to me asking him with Flats words how did I go about playing the game of football for his school.
    • 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint, Vintage International (1994), ISBN 9780307744050, unnumbered page: {{…}} and every spring, in the fullness of their benevolence, they sent him and my mother for a hotsy-totsy free weekend in Atlantic City, to a fancy goyische hotel no less, there (along with all the other insurance agents in the Middle Atlantic states who had exceeded the A.E.S., their annual expectation of sales) to be intimidated by the desk clerk, the waiter, the bellboy, not to mention the puzzled paying guests.
    • 1996, Terry McMillan, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Signet (1996), ISBN 9781101209127, unnumbered page: So unlike some of these hotsy-totsy movie stars athletes rappers and rock and roll stars who spend all their money on expensive cars clothes mansions and go bankrupt from excessing, I will not.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An attractive woman, especially one who is the companion of a man.
    • 1960, Walker Percy, The Moviegoer, Vintage International (1998), ISBN 0375701966, page 155: “Don't you get risque with me! This is your mother you're talking to and not one of your little hotsy-totsies.”
    • 2004, Christopher Buckley, Florence of Arabia, Random House (2004), ISBN 9781400062232, page 93: It's so he can fly off in a swirl of self-justification to Um-beseir and his huge bed and his Russian hotsy-totsies.
    • 2011, Ellis Avery, The Last Nude, Riverhead Books (2011), ISBN 9781101554180, unnumbered page: Instead, she had a younger, darker copy of the hotsy-totsy who had stolen away her son and ruined her life: me.
hott
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (nonstandard, slang) alternative spelling of hot
hot tamale
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. An exclamation of surprise. Boy oh boy it’s cold today, hot tamale!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, informal) A physically attractive person.
    • 1978, Tom Reamy, Blind Voices "Isn't he the cutest thing?" she whispered to Evelyn. "Have you noticed? This place is absolutely crawling with gorgeous men. The ticket-taker, that Latin hot tamale..."
  2. (US, informal) A comical person or thing. He’s so funny; what a hot tamale he is!
hot-tempered
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, said of a person, but sometimes of an animal) Become very vocal or even violent when anger or frustrate.
Synonyms: choleric, hotheaded, irascible
antonyms:
  • cool (in the sense of calm or relaxed)
  • cool-headed
  • even-tempered
related terms:
  • quick-tempered
  • short-tempered
Hottentot {{wikipedia}} etymology From Dutch variously ascribed to mean stutterer; and from hot en tot being an approximation of common sounds in the Khoi language. First known use 1677 (in Dutch).
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (archaic or offensive) A member of the Khoekhoe group of peoples.
    • 1798-1801, Lady Ann Barnard, Letters and Journals I was told that the Hottentots were uncommonly ugly and disgusting, but I do not think them so bad. Their features are small and their cheekbones immense, but they have a kind expression and countenance.
  2. The language of the Khoi, remarkable for its clicks.
    • 1913, , "I have tried her with every sort of sound that a human being can make...Hottentot clicks, things it took me years to get hold of."
  3. Any of several fish of the genus {{taxlink}}, in the family Sparidae.
hotter pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. en-comparative of hot
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang) One who steal a vehicle in order to joyride.
    • 1992, David P. Waddington, Contemporary Issues in Public Disorder (page 209) Unable effectively to give chase to the hotters for fear of endangering the lives of pedestrians and motorists, the police had been forced to play a waiting game…
related terms:
  • hotting
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, dialect, North England, dated) To vibrate; to rattle.
    • 1833, Thomas Sopwith, An account of the mining districts of Alston Moor, Weardale and Teesdale in Cumberland and Durham (page 137) The jolting, hottering motion of the waggon, the splashing of the water, and the dark and narrow passage, all concur to produce a strange effect …
anagrams:
  • t'other
hottie pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒ.ti/
  • (US) /ˈhaɾi/
  • {{homophones}} (in accents with the cot-caught merger)
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) a hot water bottle
  2. (slang) a physically or sexually attractive person
hotwife etymology hot + wife
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A married female swinger; a wife who has sex with men other than her husband, with the husband's approval.
hot-wire etymology hot (referring to electrical current) + wire
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) To start an automobile engine by bypassing the ignition key wiring
anagrams:
  • worthie
hot with
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, colloquial, UK) A drink of hot spirit with sugar and water.
    • {{ante}} “Life at the Cold Brandy-and-Water Cure: From the MS. of a late Patient”, in Mark Lemon et al., , Volume 11, Punch Publications Ltd. (1846), page 244: In like manner did the Cold Brandy-and-Water Sheet waft me now to the “Cider-Cellar”—now to the “Coal-Hole”! I heard a thousand voices cry, “ Hot with ”—“ Cold without ”—and saw a multitude of men, spinning like dervishes about me—spinning with tubs of oysters !
    • 1848, “Our Own Law Report: v. ”, in Puppet Show, Volume II, J. Dover (1849), page 29: He [Mr. H. S. Edwards] had formerly been unacquainted with even the taste of gin (a laugh, which was quickly suppressed by the usher of the court), but since this case had been placed in his hands, he had felt it his duty to consume several gallons of it. Part of this he had taken “hot with,” (meaning, as our reporter understood, “hot with sugar”); another portion he had enjoyed in the form of “cold without;” and the remainder in its simplest and most natural state—a state which he might be allowed to characterize as “neat but not gaudy.”
    • {{circa}} , , Volume II, Dodd, Mead & Company (1913), Chapter XVI, page 203: “Let me have some whisky—hot, with;—and don't stand there looking at nothing.”
    • 1863, “Lobster Salad: by a Crustacean Artist”, in James Hogg and Florence Marryat (editors), London Society, Volume 4, William Clowes and Sons, page 283: … we sang together … under the exciting influence of two quart bottles of Guinness, and about three tumblers each of gin, hot with, and only one knob of sugar— …
hound dog {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Southern US, dialectal) Any hound, especially the bloodhound.
    • 1953/6: , (song made famous by with these revised words in 1956) - You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, Cryin’ all the time. Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit And you ain’t no friend of mine.
  2. (slang) A promiscuous man.
hour Alternative forms: hower (archaic) etymology Middle English houre, from xno houre, from Old French houre, from Latin hōra, from Ancient Greek ὥρα 〈hṓra〉, from Proto-Indo-European *yer-, *yor-, *yeh₁r- 〈*yeh₁r-〉. Akin to Old English ġēar. Displaced native Middle English stound (from Old English stund), Middle English itid from Old English *ġetīd, compare osx getīd. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈaʊə(ɹ)/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈaʊɚ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (depending on accent)
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A time period of sixty minute; one twenty-fourth of a day. exampleI spent an hour at lunch.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant…
    • {{RQ:Brmnghm Gsmr}} It is never possible to settle down to the ordinary routine of life at sea until the screw begins to revolve. There is an hour or two, after the passengers have embarked, which is disquieting and fussy.
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  2. A season, moment, time or stound.
    • Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849), Alone: From childhood's hour I have not been / As others were; I have not seen / As others saw; I could not bring / My passions from a common spring.
    • {{RQ:Grey Riders}} Now will be a good hour to show you Milly Erne's grave.
  3. (poetic) The time. exampleThe hour grows late and I must go home.
  4. (military, in the plural) Used after a two-digit hour and a two-digit minute to indicate time.
    • T. C. G. James and Sebastian Cox, The Battle of Britain: By 1300 hours the position was fairly clear.
  5. A distance that takes an hour to get there by car. This place is an hour away from where I live.
Synonyms: stound (obsolete)
abbreviations:
  • Singular: h, hr
  • Plural: h, hrs
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
house etymology From Middle English hous, hus, from Old English hūs, from Proto-Germanic *hūsą (compare Western Frisian hûs, Dutch huis, Low German Huus, German Haus, Danish hus), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keus-, from *(s)keu-. More at hose. pronunciation
  • (noun)
    • {{enPR}}, /haʊs/
    • {{audio}}
    • {{audio}}
  • (verb)
    • {{enPR}}, /haʊz/
    • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}} (verb)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (heading) Human habitation.
    1. {{senseid}} A structure serving as an abode of human beings. {{defdate}} exampleThis is my house and my family's ancestral home.
      • {{RQ:Mrxl SqrsDghtr}} The big houses, and there are a good many of them, lie for the most part in what may be called by courtesy the valleys. You catch a glimpse of them sometimes at a little distance from the [railway] line, which seems to have shown some ingenuity in avoiding them,{{nb...}}.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [http://openlibrary.org/works/OL5535161W Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path {{nb...}}. It twisted and turned,…and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn. And, back of the lawn, was a big, old-fashioned house, with piazzas stretching in front of it, and all blazing with lights. 'Twas the house I'd seen the roof of from the beach.”
    2. An animal's shelter or den, or the shell of an animal such as a snail, used for protection. {{defdate}}
    3. A building used by people for something other than a main residence (typically with qualifying word). {{defdate}} exampleThe former carriage house had been made over into a guest house.
    4. A public house, an inn, or the management of such. {{defdate}} examplethe House of the Rising Sun;  {{nowrap}}
    5. {{senseid}} A place of public entertainment, especially (without qualifying word) a theatre; also the audience for a live theatrical or similar performance. {{defdate}} exampleAfter her swan-song, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
    6. A brothel. {{defdate}}
    7. (business) A place of business; a company or organisation. {{defdate}}
    8. (politics) The building where a deliberative assembly meets; hence, the assembly itself, forming a component of a (national or state) legislature. {{defdate}} exampleThe petition was so ridiculous that the house rejected it after minimal debate.
    9. A printer's or publishing company. {{defdate}} exampleA small publishing house would have a contract with an independent fulfillment house.
    10. A place of gambling; a casino. {{defdate}}
    11. A grouping of schoolchildren for the purposes of competition in sports and other activities. {{defdate}} exampleI was a member of Spenser house when I was at school.
  2. (heading) Extended senses.
    1. (literary) Somewhere something metaphorically reside; a place of rest or repose. {{defdate}}
      • 1598, Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour Like a pestilence, it doth infect / The houses of the brain.
      • 1815, Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles Such hate was his, when his last breath / Renounced the peaceful house of death {{nb...}}.
    2. The people who live in the same house; a household. {{defdate}}
      • Bible, Acts of the Apostles x.2: one that feared God with all his house
    3. A dynasty, a familial descendance; a family with its ancestor and descendant, especially a royal or noble one. {{defdate}} exampleThe current Queen is from the House of Windsor.
    4. (astrology) One of the twelve divisions of an astrological chart. {{defdate}}
      • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p.313: Since there was a limited number of planets, houses and signs of the zodiac, the astrologers tended to reduce human potentialities to a set of fixed types and to postulate only a limited number of possible variations.
    5. (chess, now rare) A square on a chessboard, regarded as the proper place of a piece. {{defdate}}
    6. (curling) The four concentric circles where points are scored on the ice. {{defdate}}
    7. Lotto; bingo. {{defdate}}
    8. {{senseid}} House music.
    9. (uncountable, US) An aggregate of characteristics of a house.
      • {{quote-news}}
      • {{quote-news}}
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    10. {{rft-sense}} (uncountable) A child's game in which the players pretend to be members of a household. exampleAs the babysitter, Emma always acted as the mother whenever the kids demanded to play house.
Synonyms: (establishment) shop, (company or organisation) shop
related terms:
  • housing
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To keep within a structure or container. The car is housed in the garage.
    • Evelyn House your choicest carnations, or rather set them under a penthouse.
  2. (transitive) To admit to residence; to harbor/harbour.
    • Sir Philip Sidney Palladius wished him to house all the Helots.
  3. To take shelter or lodging; to abide; to lodge.
    • Shakespeare You shall not house with me.
  4. (transitive, astrology) To dwell within one of the twelve astrological houses.
    • Dryden Where Saturn houses.
  5. (transitive) To contain or cover mechanical parts.
  6. (obsolete) To drive to a shelter. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (obsolete) To deposit and cover, as in the grave. {{rfquotek}}
  8. (nautical) To stow in a safe place; to take down and make safe. to house the upper spars
Synonyms: (keep within a structure or container) store, (admit to residence) accommodate, harbor/harbour, host, put up, (contain or enclose mechanical parts) enclose
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
house dick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A hotel detective.
housemaid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A female servant attached to the non-servant quarter part of the house. (as opposed to a scullery maid.)
  2. (derogatory) a housewife.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be a housemaid.
  2. To wait on someone hand on foot, to watch them.
related terms:
  • housemaid's knee
housemate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone living in the same house.
Synonyms: flatmate, roommate
anagrams:
  • meat house, meathouse
house nigger etymology By analogy with slaves that worked predominantly indoors during American slavery who were trained with more skills than basic field hands or plantation niggers.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, ethnic slur, idiomatic) A subservient or accultured black person; an Uncle Tom or traitor
    • 2003', John Cheever, The Wapshot Chronicle, page 162 "You look like a house nigger."
  2. (dated, now offensive) A black slave that worked as a domestic as opposed to manual labor.
    • 2008, Julia L. Mickenberg, Philip Nel, Tales for little rebels: a collection of radical children's literature, page 195 If massa was sick, house nigger would come 'round and say, “Massa we sick, ain't we?
house party
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (now rare) The guest staying at a given house, as opposed to those visiting for the day. {{defdate}}
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XVII: The house-party consisted of twelve people, and there were more expected to arrive on the next day.
    • 1945, Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love, Penguin 2010, p. 39: The difference between Aunt Sadie and Uncle Matthew was not as to whether Lord Merlin should or should not be asked to the ball […], but whether he should be asked to bring a house party.
  2. A social gathering at someone's house, generally with music, drinking etc. {{defdate}}
house points
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (usually in plural, British) Point awarded to a member of the house of a grammar school or public school for sporting and other achievement.
  2. (humorous) "Points" awarded in jest in a domestic environment for doing some task (such as clearing out the garage.)
housewifey etymology housewife + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a housewife.
    • 1991, Alexandra Lyle, Keepsakes It's Laura's idea to put a housewifey kind of woman in the Primm ads.
housey etymology house + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) Resembling or characteristic of house music.
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hover {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 Old English hoveren (frequentative of hove). pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈhɒ.və(ɹ)/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /ˈhʌ.vɚ/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To float in the air.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleThe hummingbird hovered by the plant.
  2. To linger in one place.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island The neighborhood, to our ears, seemed haunted by approaching footsteps; and what between the dead body of the captain on the parlor floor, and the thought of that detestable blind beggar hovering near at hand, and ready to return, there were moments when, as the saying goes, I jumped in my skin for terror.
    exampleThe strange man hovered outside the gents. exampleThis time, I hovered between Labour and Liberal Democrat.
  3. To waver, or be uncertain.
  4. (computing) To place the cursor over a hyperlink or icon without clicking. exampleA tooltip appears when you hover over this link.
etymology 2 unknown pronunciation {{rfp}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A cover; a shelter; a protection. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
how {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /haʊ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English how, hou, hu, hwu, Old English , from Proto-Germanic *hwō, from the same root as hwæt. /hw/ > /h/ due to in Old English; compare who, which underwent this change later, and thus is spelt wh (Middle English spelling of /hw/) but pronounced /h/ (it previously had a different vowel, hence avoided the spelling and sound change in Old English). Vowel change per Great Vowel Shift. Akin to osx huo (Low German wo), , Dutch hoe, compare German wie. See who and compare why.
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. To what degree.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 4 , “No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or otherwise his man would be there with a message to say that his master would shortly join me if I would kindly wait.”
    exampleHow often do you practice?
  2. In what manner.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleHow do you solve this puzzle?   How else can we get this finished?
  3. Used as a modifier to indicate surprise, delight, or other strong feelings. exampleHow very interesting!   How wonderful it was to receive your invitation.
  4. In what state. How are you? How was your vacation?
  • See usage notes on else.
  • How good is it? means "To what extent is it good?", whereas How is it good? means "In what manner is it good?". Likewise, I know how good it is means "I know the extent to which it is good", whereas I know how it is good means "I know the manner in which it is good".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The means by which something is accomplished. I am not interested in the why, but in the how.
    • 1924, Joseph Rickaby, Studies on God and His Creatures‎, p. 102: It is an a posteriori argument, evincing the fact, but not the how.
conjunction: {{en-con}}
  1. In which way; in such way. I remember how to solve this puzzle.
  2. That, the fact that, the way that.
    • 2010 April 24, Jesse McKinley, “Don’t Call It ‘Pot’ in This Circle; It’s a Profession”, in , page A1: “There’s this real Al Capone fear that they’re going to get our guys, not on marijuana, but on something else,” Mr. Edson said, referring to how Capone was eventually charged with tax evasion rather than criminal activity.
etymology 2 From a sio language, compare Lakota háu. Alternatively from wya haau.
interjection: {{en-interj}}!
  1. A greeting, used in representations of Native American speech.
etymology 3 From Old Norse haugr.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dialectal) An artificial barrow or tumulus.
  2. (dialectal) A small hill in northern England. (Usage preserved mainly in place names.)
statistics:
  • {{rank}}
anagrams:
  • who, WHO
how're pronunciation
  • (RP) /haʊə/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /haʊɚ/
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (informal) How are.
anagrams:
  • hower
  • whore, who're
how's about
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) {{alternative form of }}
how's it going
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (informal) how are you?
how's it hanging
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (slang) how are you?
how's tricks
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Informal greeting roughly equivalent to How are you?
how's your father
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, British) Sexual intercourse. I popped round Mary's for a bit of how's your father.
how've etymology how + 've
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (colloquial) contraction of how have How’ve you been?
anagrams:
  • who’ve
how are you {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (idiomatic) An informal greeting, not requiring a literal response. Typical responses include: I'm very well, thank you. How are you? (formal) I'm fine, thank you. Fine, thanks. (informal) Fine, and you? (informal)
Synonyms: how do you do? (more formal), how are you doing? (about same formality), how's it going?, how's tricks?, what's up? (more informal), how's it hanging? (slang), See also
anagrams:
  • who are you
how are you doing
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of how do you do
how bist
phrase: {{en-phrase}}?
  1. (UK dialect, West Country, &, West Midlands, informal) How are you? A generic greeting.
how come etymology Probably from "how comes/came it that" (how does/did it happen that)
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, informal) Why; why is it; for what reason or purpose? How come you didn't leave when you had the chance?
"How come" differs from "why" in that the word order of the question is the same as that of a statement. Compare: You didn't leave. (statement) How come you didn't leave? Why didn't you leave?
how do you like them apples
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. (colloquial, rhetorical question) directed jestingly or mockingly at someone who has received surprising information, ridiculing the situation "Our governor has just vetoed a bill that would offer more money to our schools. How do you like them apples?"
  2. (colloquial, rhetorical question, Irish, American) Used after an actual or proposed action with which the listener might be displeased. Also used after refuting an argument. "I can't give you a raise now; if I did, this whole company would go bankrupt, and you wouldn't have a job at all. Now how do you like them apples?"
howlingly etymology howling + ly
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. With a howl or howls.
  2. (informal) In a comical way that causes howls of laughter. his howlingly inappropriate choice of attire
how long is a piece of string
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. (colloquial, often, humorous) Used as a response to a question such as "How long will it take?" or "How big is it?" when the length or size is unknown, infinite, or variable.
how much does it cost
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. What is its price?, How much money do you want for it?
Synonyms: how much is it?
how much do you charge {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. Used to ask a professional the monetary cost of his/her services.
how old are you {{phrasebook}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /haʊ əʊld ɑː(ɹ) juː/
  • (US) /haʊ oʊld ɑɹ ju/
phrase: {{head}}?
  1. Literal: What is your age in years?
how rude
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial) An expression of contempt, disgust or disdain.
howzit etymology A contraction of "how is it?".
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang, South Africa, Hawaii) hello; what's up?
hub {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology From earlier hubbe, which has the same immediate origin as hob. Hub was originally a dialectal word; its ultimate origin is unknown.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The central part, usually cylindrical, of a wheel; the nave.
  2. A point where many route meet and traffic is distribute, dispense or divert.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
    exampleHongkong airport is one of the most important air traffic hubs in Asia.
  3. (computing) A computer network device connecting several ethernet port. See switch.
  4. (surveying) A stake with a nail in it, used to mark a temporary point.
  5. A male weasel; a buck; a dog; a jack.
  6. (obsolete) The hilt of a weapon. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (US) A rough protuberance or projecting obstruction. a hub in the road
  8. A goal or mark at which quoit, etc., are thrown.
  9. A hardened, engraved steel punch for impressing a device upon a die, used in coin, etc.
  10. A screw hob.
  11. A block for scotch a wheel.
anagrams:
  • Buh
hubby pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Diminutive of husband with -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, term of endearment) husband Laura thought Jack was the most wonderful hubby in the world.
etymology 2 hub + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (US) Full of hub or protuberance. A road that has been frozen while muddy is hubby.
huck
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Ultimate Frisbee) To throw a long way
  2. (informal) to throw or chuck He was so angry he hucked the book at my face.
  3. (mountain biking) To gain extra height from a jump by compressing the springs just before the take-off Longer forks make the bike more cumbersome, but you will be able to huck off of more stuff. If you huck it (the take-off), you'll drop about 20 feet.
  4. (mountain biking) To make a maneuver in a clumsy way.
  5. (whitewater kayaking) To paddle off of a waterfall or to boof a big drop. I hucked a sweet 25 foot waterfall on the Tomata River.
  6. (dated) To haggle in trading.
  7. (snowboarding, skiing) To throw oneself off a large jump or drop. Dude go huck that cornice!
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Ultimate Frisbee) Long throw, generally at least half a field or more.
  2. (skiing, snowboarding) a drop or jump off of a cliff or cornice

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