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Habile – Dexterous adroit man

habile Dexterous adroit man

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Hadeharia    constant use of the word “hell”

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Hagira – an exodus or departure

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38 hagira an exodus or departure

Halcyon – calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy

33 Halcyon Calm relaxing quite

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Halieutics – study of fishing

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halieutics study of fishing nagging and controlling

Halitosis – bad breath

halitosis bad breath

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Hamshackle – to fetter; to restrain

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hamshackle to fetter to restrain

Hapax – word which occurs only once
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Hebetic – occurring at puberty

Hebetic at Puberity

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Hebetude – mental dullness lethargy stupidity shown by a woman

hebetude mental dullness lethargy shown by women

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Heteronym – words with the same spelling as another but different sound and meaning (e.g., august/August; to bow low vs. a bow tie). [compare homonym, homograph]

Heyday – the period of one’s greatest success, activity, or vigor. [alteration of heyda, exclamation of playfulness or surprise, (like hurrah), apparently an extended form of interjection hey]

hibernal – characteristic of or relating to winter

higgledy-piggledy – in utter disorder or confusion

high jinks – boisterous fun

hight – named; called

hind – a female red deer (not a female fallow deer, which is a doe)

hinny – cross between a stallion and a jenny-ass (contrast mule: the cross between a jackass [male] and a mare [female])

hippodrome – an arena for horse shows. (slang: a fraudulent contest with a predetermined winner)

hippopotamus (etymology) – from Greek for “horse of the river”

hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian – extremely sesquipedalian (q.v.)

hiragana – a set of symbols used in writing Japanese

Hircine – smelling like a goat
Goat – caprine, hircine (smelly)

caprine Hircine Army

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hirrient – of a sound: heavily trilling

hirsute – covered with abundant hair

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historiography – the study of writings and interpretations of history.

histrionic (also here) – theatrical in style; ‘stagey’; hence histrionics – exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for manipulative effect

hite – see squeans –

hoar – 1. adj.: grey or grey-haired, as with age 2. noun: hoarfrost (see below)

hoarfrost (or hoar frost) – a grayish-white feathery or fernlike deposit of frost

hoary – 1. hoar (sense 1; adjective); grey 2. extremely old, and trite

hobbledehoy – a gawky adolescent boy

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10 The problem with boys

Hobson’s choice – an apparently free choice which is really not free, because when there is no real alternative

Hobson's Choice

hodag – a mythical beast given to weeping because of its extreme ugliness

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37 Hodag witch Dayin

hodgepodge (N. Amer.) or hotchpotch – a confused mixture

hogback – a long steep hill or mountain ridge

hogback a long steep hill or mountain ridge

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Hogmanay – Scotland’s New Year’s Eve celebration [filled with alcohol, violence and fireworks; accent on last syllable]

hoi polloi – the common people generally; the masses

holey dollar – a donut-shaped coin, created in Colonial Australia by punching out the middle of a spanish dollar coin; the punched-out middle piece was called the dump (see coins and currency)

homily – 1. a talk on a religious subject, meant to be inspirational rather than giving doctrinal instruction 2. a tedious moralizing talk
Homily a tedious moralizing talk

Homily – a tedious moralizing talk

homily tedious moralizing talk

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homily a tedious moralizing talk

hominid – modern man, or any other member (now extinct) of the biological family hominidae. Hominids descend from the last common ancestor of man and modern apes

homograph – word with same spelling as another but with distinct meaning and history (pine tree; to pine for) [compare homonym, heteronym]

homonym – word with the same sound (regardless of spelling) as another but with different meanings [compare heteronym, homograph]

homophone – word with same sound as another but with different meaning, origin and sometimes spelling

homorganic – used to describe speech sounds that are formed at the same point in the vocal tract. Examples are the bilabials “p,” “b,” “m,” and “w,” which are all formed using both lips pushed together.

honeytoken – computer security: a database entry that has no one has any proper reason to use or access. Hence, any usage signals improper use of the database.

honorificabilitudinitatibus – honorableness

hontish – dialect: haughty

hooch; hoochinoo – eponym: alcoholic liquor, especially inferior or bootleg liquor

hoodwink – to take in by deceptive means; deceive.

hooroo – Australian slang: goodbye, see you later
hooroo Australian slang goodbye see you later

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hooroo Australian slang goodbye see you later 2

hoover – eponym; British: to clean with a vacuum cleaner

Hooverville – eponym: a shantytown of temporary homes [Areas like this, thrown up at the start of the Great Depression, were sardonically named after then -president Herbert Hoover]

Horatio Alger – eponym: noun; adj.: about achieving success through self-reliance and hard work

hork – slang: to gulp down hurriedly; to “snarf”

hormesis – an effect where a toxic substance acts like a stimulant in small doses, but it is an inhibitor in large doses.

Hornswoggle – to bamboozle; deceive
hornswoggle to bamboozle deceive 2

Hornswoggle – to bamboozle deceive

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horripilation – bristling of the body hair; goose-bumps. [horripilate – to get goose bumps]

horsmandering – eponym: the act of a public official writing a books about his/her experience in office
[Query whether this is validly a “word”. From the name of an 18th-century American judge who was one of the first public servants to use his records of a public experience as the basis of a full-length book]

horst – a block similar to a grabben (which see), but raised [German ‘heap’]

hosanna; hosannah (interj.) – used to express praise or adoration to God

hoser – Canadian slang: a clumsy, boorish person, esp. an uncouth, beer-drinking man

hospitalist – a doctor who treats patients only in the hospital

hostler; ostler – one who tends horses, especially at an inn

hot dog – (etymology) By the 1890’s this food was popular in New York and called “Dachshund sausage”.  By the story I favor, a syndicated cartoonist sketched a cartoon of a dachshund smeared with mustard, in a bun. But since he could not spell dachshund, he captioned the picture “Get your hot dogs!”

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hot stove league – informal speculation among devotees of a sport or other narrow activity, during the activity’s off-season, of what the future holds hotspur – eponym: a hot-headed, impetuous man

howff – a place of resort; a refuge, a haunt

howff a place of resort a refuge a haunt where people meet

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hoyden – a boisterous or saucy girl

Hoyle – eponym: ‘according to Hoyle” = per the prescribed rules

hubris – overbearing pride or presumption

hue (as in hue and cry) – outcry, shouting, clamor, esp. one raised by a multitude in war or the chase

hugger-mugger – 1. secrecy; concealment (adj.: clandestine) 2. disorderly confusion; muddle (adj.: disorderly; jumbled). Some sources emphasize one aspect, some the other.

hummer – a firework device that produces a humming sound. It is usually a sealed tube and pierced near each end on opposite sides, so that the sound is made as the device spins rapidly in flight

humuhumunukunukuapuaa – a small trigger fish; the state fish of Hawaii

hunky-dory – slang or informal: perfectly satisfactory; fine.   This would refer to a situation, not a thing. Thus you might say, “Nobody’s angry; everything’s hunky-dory,” but not, “This portrait is a hunky-dory likeness.”

hurple – [the only word that rhymes with ‘purple’] to draw the limbs closely together, esp. with pain or cold; to cower, crouch, squat; to shrink, shudder

hushion – Scots dialect: a footless stocking (a sort of leg-warmer).

huswife – same as etui: a small case, usually ornamental, for small articles such as needles, toothpicks, etc. [ related to modern housewife]

huttoning – eponym: forcible manipulation of a dislocated, stiff, or painful joint

habanera    slow and seductive Cuban dance

habergeon    sleeveless mail coat

haberdasher – (formerly, a dealer in odds and ends)
1. UK: a dealer in dressmaking and sewing goods 2. US: a dealer in men’s clothing

habilable    capable of being clothed

habilatory    of, like or pertaining to clothes or dressing

habile    dexterous; adroit

habiliment    attire

habilitate    to equip or finance; to qualify

habromania    insanity featuring cheerful delusions

haèek    mark placed over consonant in Slavic languages to indicate palatalization

hácek – the inverted caret above consonant, as in c n š; also called a caron

hachure    shading or lines showing a slope on a map
hackle    comb for flax or hemp

hackneyed – stale and trite; used so frequently and indiscriminately that it has lost its freshness and become commonplace
    (adj.) unoriginal, trite (A girl can only hear “I love you” so many times before it begins to sound hackneyed and meaningless.)

hackney    four-wheeled two-horse carriage

hadal    parts of the ocean below 6000 metres
hadal (as in “Hades”) – of ocean depths below 6000 meters

hadeharia    constant use of the word “hell”
haecceity    aspect of existence on which individuality depends
haemal    of, like or pertaining to blood
haemataulics    study of movement of blood through blood vessels
haemathermal    warm-blooded
haematic    blood-coloured
haematogenesis    production of blood
haemophilia    hereditary disease causing excesssive bleeding

haggis – Scottish: a dish made by boiling sheep’s viscera with onions, oatmeal etc. in the sheep’s stomach

hagiarchy    government by saints or holy persons
hagiocracy    government by holy men

hagiography    writing of the lives of saints
hagiography – a biography of saints; hence: a worshipful or idealizing biography

hagiolatry    worship or reverence for saints
hagiology    study of saints
hagiomania    mania for sainthood

hagioscope    opening in wall to enable viewing of altar

hagira – an exodus or departure

Hail Mary pass – from US football: a desperate, last-minute attempt to save a losing situation

hakenkreuz    swastika

haku – a crown made of fresh flowers

halakah – the body of Jewish law supplementing scriptures

halation    blurring in a photograph due to light reflection

halcyon – calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy (often used in the phrase halcyon days). Traces back to beliefs of the ancient Greeks about the

kingfisher bird, halkyo.

halcyonine    of, like or pertaining to kingfishers
halecret    light half-suit of plate armour
halfpace    landing or broad step
halibiotic    of, like or pertaining to the entirety of life under the sea

halibut (etymology) – literally “holy fish”; eaten on holy days

halieutic    of, like or pertaining to fishing

halieutics    study of fishing

haligraphy    treatise on salt
haliography    description of the sea

halitosis    bad breath
halitosis – coinage: bad breath

hallux – the big toe (adj. hallucal – of or pertaining to the big toe

halitous    vaporous

halitus    vapour; breath

hallux    big toe

halolimnic    of, like or pertaining to sea creatures who spend time in fresh water

halomancy    divination using salt

halophilous    tolerant of salt or salt-water

halyard    rope or tackle for hoisting and lowering sails

hamarchy    government by a cooperative body of parts

hamartia    flaw in a character leading to his downfall

hamartiology    study of sin

hamate    hooked

hamble    to mutilate a dog by cutting of the balls of its feet

hambo    Swedish folk dance in three-four time

hame    curved projection attached to the collar of a draft horse

hamiform    shaped like a hook

hammerkop    brown African heron with hammer-shaped crest on head

hamose    hooked

hamshackle    to fetter; to restrain

hamster wheel – a small treadwheel on which a hamster can run endlessly to get exercise; also fig., connoting pointless activity

hamular    like a small hook

hamulate    tipped with a small hook

hamulus    a small hook or hook-like process

hanap    chalice used in communion whose cover is a second chalice

hanaster    one who paid the entrance fee for Oxford’s medieval merchant’s guild

handfast    a firm grip; a contract

handlist    list without detail

handsel    inaugural gift; first installment or payment

hands down – easy; easily

handsel – a gift as a token of good luck, such as one upon a graduation, new year, wedding or opening-of-business. Also, the first money taken in at a


handspike    bar used as a lever

hank    series of rings or clips for attaching a jib or staysail to a stay

hansom    light two-wheeled cab
hansom – a two-wheeled horse-drawn cab, with the driver seated behind

haole – from Hawaiian; sometimes disparaging: a white person

hapax    word which occurs only once
hapax – a word that occurs only once in the written body of a language. (short for hapax legomenon; pl. hapax legomena) See inkhorn

hapax legomenon – a word that occurs only once in the recorded corpus of a given language, a literature, or an author
Hapax Legomenon – a word or form occurring only once in a document or collection of writings. As obscure as this concept may seem to be, hapax legomenon

(from the Greek “something said only once”) has proven quite useful to biblical scholars and those studying ancient writings. Each hapax legomenon is

especially difficult to interpret because contextual clues are, by definition, limited.


hapaxanthous    flowering only once

Haphazardly – Randomly

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haphephobia – fear of being touched

    (adj.) unlucky (My poor, hapless family never seems to pick a sunny week to go on vacation.)

Use the adjective hapless to describe someone unlucky and deserving of pity, like the hapless used car buyer who gives in to the fast-talking salesperson.

The word hapless traces all the way back to the Old Norse word happ, meaning “chance, good luck.” Combine this with the suffix -less (“lacking”) and

hapless means “unlucky” or “ill-fated.” A traveler who goes to Moscow and briefly gets lost on the subway? Just a tourist. A traveler who goes to Moscow,

accidentally eats food he is allergic to, somehow loses all his money, and by chance gets on a train destined for Mongolia? Definitely hapless.

haplography – a copyist’s unintentional writing of letter(s) or word(s) once, when they should be repeated
haplography    omission of words or lines in recopying text

haplology    omission of a doubled or similar sound or syllable in a word

haptic    of, like or pertaining to the sense of touch

haptometer    instrument measuring sensitivity to touch

haptotropic    curving in response to touch

haqueton    stuffed jacket worn under mail

    1. (n.) a ranting speech (Everyone had heard the teacher’s harangue about gum chewing in class before.)
    2. (v.) to give such a speech (But this time the teacher harangued the class about the importance of brushing your teeth after chewing gum.)

hardihood    boldness; audacity
hardparts    skeletal parts of an organism

hardscrabble – earning a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty

harengiform    shaped like a herring

harmattan – a very dry, dusty winter wind, blowing from the Sahara over the west African coast

Harridan – shrew; an ill-tempered, scolding woman.

For example, a review of the movie Black Swan describes the main character’s mother as, “a real piece of work, an unhappy stage harridan out of Tennessee

Williams whose dreams for her daughter are etched into the bitter, melting beauty of her aging face.”

Harridan may be a modification of the French haridelle, meaning “old horse” or “gaunt woman.”

hariolate    to divine; to foretell

hark    to pay close attention; to listen

harl    barb of feather used to make artificial fishing fly

harlequin – eponym: a clown-like pattern of brightly diamond shapes; or, of many colors

harmonics    study of musical acoustics

harmoniphone    keyboard instrument with reeds

harmonograph    instrument drawing curves representing vibrations

harmonometer    instrument measuring harmonic relations of sounds

harn    coarse linen

harp – the metal bar running above and alongside over the bulb of a lamp, to hold the lampshade

harpagon    harpoon

harpy – 1. a grasping, unscrupulous woman 2. a shrewish woman

harridan (also here) – a bossy or belligerent woman, scolding and vicious; typically an old one
harridan    sharp-tongued; scolding woman

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harrier    medium-sized scenting dog for hunting hares

harry    to plunder; to ravage; to destroy

hart – a male red deer (not a fallow dear, which is a buck)

haruspex – a priest in ancient Rome who practiced divination by the inspection of the entrails of animal

haruspication    divination by inspecting animal entrails
haslock    wool on sheep’s throat and neck
haslot    cooked animal entrails

hassock    kneeling cushion in a church
hassock – originally: a compact tuft especially of grass or sedge (also known as a tussock); later: a cushion for kneeling, esp. at church; later: a padded

cushion or low stool that serves as a seat or leg rest

hastate    spear-shaped

hatchment    coat of arms of a deceased person

hat trick – three goals or other major achievement by player in a sport; hence occasionally, a threefold feat in other activities [originally from cricket;

common in football (soccer) and in ice hockey]

hauberk    long chain mail coat

haulm – stems of plants or straw collectively
haulm – a stalk or stem (particularly, those of peas, beans, or potatoes collectively)

haurient    rising as if to breathe

hausse-col    mail or plate armour for the neck

Haussmannize – eponym: to open out, widen, and straighten streets, and generally rebuild, after the fashion in which Haussmann rebuilt Paris
haussmannize    to open out; to rebuild

haustellum    sucking proboscis or sucking end

haustorial    having a sucking proboscis

haut    high; haughty

hauteur    haughtiness; arrogance

havelock    white cover for a military cap
havelock – eponym: a covering on a cap to protect the back of the neck

haver    foolish nonsense
haver – 1. Scottish: to talk foolishly; babble. 2. British: to act in an indecisive manner.

haversack – a small, stout bag carried on the back or over the shoulder
haversack    bag worn over the shoulder for carrying provisions

havier    castrated deer

haw – interjection and noun: an utterance marking hesitation

hawk (as a verb, to hawk) – to clear the throat noisily (to hawk up – to bring (phlegm) up from the throat)

hawkshaw    detective

hawse    distance between ship’s bow and its anchor

hawsehole    hole for ship’s cable

hawser    large rope for mooring or towing a ship

Hawthorne effect – production increased not as a consequence of actual changes in working conditions introduced by the plant’s management, but because

management demonstrated interest in such improvements

haycock    conical pile of hay in a field

haysel    hay season
haysel – haymaking season.

headborough    petty constable
headland    cape; point; promontory
headsail    sail set forward of the foremast of a ship
headstock    device for supporting end or head of a member
heapstead    buildings and places around a mine shaft

Hearse – A vehicle for carrying a coffin to a church or a cemetery; formerly drawn by horses but now usually a motor vehicle

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hearsecloth    cloth lain over coffin during funeral
heartsome    exhilarating; merry

heat island – an urban area where the temperature is consistently higher than in the surrounding region

heaume    massive helmet covering head and shoulders

hebamic    of, like or pertaining to the socratic method
hebamic – see maieutic –
maieutic method – A method of teaching by question and answer; used by Socrates to elicit truths from his students

hebetic – occurring at puberty (not to be confused with hebetude)

hebetude – mental dullness; lethargy (adj: hebetudinous; hebate. verb: hebetate – to stupefy; to make dull) (not to be confused with hebetic)

hebdomadal – weekly; occurring every seven days
hebdomadally    every week
hebenon    anything with poisonous juices
hebephrenia    form of dementia occurring at puberty
hebetate    to make dull or obtuse
hebetic    of, like or pertaining to puberty
hebetude    stupidity
hecatarchy    government by one hundred people; hecatontarchy
hecatomb    large sacrifice or slaughter; killing of one hundred animals or people
hecatontarchy    government by one hundred people
hectography    process for producing multiple copies of writing

hector    to intimidate by bluster, pomp or arrogance
hector – eponym: to intimidate by blustering; to behave like a bully, swagger

heddle    series of vertical cords to receive warp-thread
hedera    ivy-leaf sign used to separate paragraphs
hederaceous    of, like or pertaining to ivy
hederated    crowned with a wreath of ivy
hederiferous    ivy-bearing
hederiform    shaped like ivy
hednon    wedding present
hedonics    part of ethics or psychology dealing with pleasure
hedonism    belief that pleasure is the highest good
heeler    a worker for a local politician or political party

hegemony    leadership of one state within a confederacy
    (n.) domination over others (Britain’s hegemony over its colonies was threatened once nationalist sentiment began to spread around the world.)
hegemony (also here) – [accent on either 1st or 2nd syllable] preponderant influence or authority; leadership; domination (usu. applied to such domination

of a state over its neighbors or allies)

hegumene    head of a nunnery

heiligenschein – [German for “holy light] a white halo of diffuse brightness surrounding the shadow of an object, often a person’s head

Heilsgeschichte – sacred history, spec. the history of God’s saving work among men; history seen as the working out of God’s salvation

heisenbug – computer programming (software): a software bug that disappears or behaves differently when you try to examine or fix it. For example, the use

of a debugger sometimes alters a program’s operating environment significantly, and thus change the bug’s behavior. (contrast Bohr bug, mandelbug,


hekistotherm    plant which can grow in very cold environments
helcoid    ulcerous
helcology    study of ulcers
heliac    solar; coincident with that of the sun
helicograph    instrument for drawing spirals on a plane
helicoid    screw-shaped; like a coil
helicon    bass tuba
helicosophy    geometry that deals with spirals
helictite    twisted; branching stalactite
heliofugal    moving away from the sun
heliograph    instrument for measuring intensity of sunlight
heliography    description of the sun
heliolatry    sun worship
heliology    science of the sun
heliometer    instrument for measuring apparent diameter of the sun
heliophilous    preferring or attracted to the sunlight
heliophobia    fear of sunlight
heliosciophyte    plant that thrives in sun better than shade
helioscope    instrument for observing sun without injury to the eyes
helioseismology    study of sun’s interior by observing its surface oscillations
heliosis    exposure to the sun; sunburn
heliotaxis    response of an organism to the sun’s rays
heliotrope    purplish hue; purplish-flowered plant; ancient sundial; signalling mirror
heliotropism    movement of plants towards sunlight
helix    screw-shaped coil
hellbender    large flat North American aquatic salamander
Hellenomania    obsession with Greece and the Greeks; Graecomania
hellkite    kite of infernal breed; extremely cruel person
helm    ship’s steering wheel

helminth    worm
helminthology – the study of worms, especially intestinal worms

helminthiasis    infestation with worms
helminthoid    worm-shaped
helminthology    study of worms
helobious    living in marshes or moors
helotage    the state of helots or being enslaved
helotry    class of slaves
helve    handle of an axe or similar tool

hem – interjection: a slight half-cough to get attention, warn, or express doubt or hesitation (also [noun and verb]: the sound itself; to make this sound)

hem and haw (alternate forms are ~ and hawk; ~ and ha; and hum and ~) –
1. to make an inarticulate murmur in a pause of speaking, from hesitation, embarrassment, etc.
2. to repeatedly pause or digress in order to evade saying something directly; or, to repeatedly delay and discuss to avoid acting

hemacytometer    instrument for counting blood cells
hematology    study of blood
hematomancy    divination using blood
hemeralopia    day-blindness; vision requiring dim light
hemerology    calendar
hemialgia    pain in one side of the body alone
hemianopsia    blindness in one eye
hemiolic    based on the ratio of 3 to 2
hemiplegic    paralyzed on one side only

hemisemidemiquaver – see quaver – A tremulous sound. A musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note. Give off unsteady sounds,

alternating in amplitude or frequency. Sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below

hemistich    half a verse line
hemitery    congenital deformity

hemocyanin – a bluish, copper-containing protein with an oxygen-carrying function similar to that of hemoglobin

hendecagon    eleven-sided figure
hendecarchy    government by eleven people
hendiadys    expression of adjective and noun as two adjectives
henism    doctrine that there is only one kind of existence
henotheism    belief in one tribal or community god, but not as the only god
henotic    tending to unify or reconcile; promoting harmony
henry    unit of electrical inductance
hent    to grasp; to seize
heortology    study of religious feasts
hepatic    of, like or pertaining to or acting upon the liver
hepatology    study of liver
hepatoscopy    divination by examining animal livers
hephaestic    of, like or pertaining to iron-working and blacksmiths
heptamerous    having parts in sevens
heptarchy    government by seven people
hepteris    ship with seven rows of oars
herbarium    collection of preserved plants and herbs
herbescent    growing like an herb
herborize    to gather or tend herbs
herbose    abounding with herbs
hercogamy    prevention of self-pollination in plants

herculean – eponym: of extraordinary power, size, or difficulty

herdic    low-hung carriage with back entrance
hereditament    property that may pass on to an heir
heresiarch    leader of a heretical movement
heresiography    written description or treatise on heresies or heretics
heresiology    study of heresies

heretic (etymology) – ult. from Gk. hairetikos “able to choose.” At least one source says it originally referred to early Christians who, when the Gospels

were first compiled, chose not to abandon other accounts of Jesus.

hereticaster    a petty or contemptible heretic
hereticate    to denounce as heretical
hereticide    killing of heretics
heretofore    until now
hericide    killing of one’s lord or master
heriot    payment to feudal lord upon death of tenant farmer
hérissé    bristled
herisson    swinging beam bearing iron spikes
herm    head or bust of Hermes with a big wang on a square base

hermaphrodite – eponym: a plant or animal having both male and female reproductive organs naturally [e.g., earthworm] or by anomaly [e.g., human];

generalized, something that is a combination of disparate or contradictory elements.

hermeneutic    of, like or pertaining to the interpretation of passages

hermetic    of, like or pertaining to sorcery or alchemy
hermetic – eponym: recondite. Also: [from belief he invented a magic seal] airtight, or impervious to external influence

heroarchy    government by heroes

heroon    temple to a hero; temple-shaped tomb

herpetic    creeping

herpetiform    resembling or shaped like a reptile

herpetologist – a zoologist who deals with reptiles and amphibians
herpetology    study of reptiles and amphibians

herpetography    written description of herpes

herpetoid    of, like or pertaining to snakes

herpetophobia    fear of snakes
herringbone    twilled fabric woven in rows of parallel sloping lines
herward    toward her

hesternal    of, like or pertaining to yesterday
hesternal – pertaining to yesterday

hesternopothia    yearning for yesterday or earlier times
hesychastic    keeping silence; soothing or quieting
hetaera    paramour; prostitute; concubine
hetaerocracy    government by paramours
hetairism    concubinage; system of communal marriage
heterarchy    government by a foreign ruler
heterism    variation
heterochrony    divergence from normal time sequence
heteroclitous    irregularly inflected

heterodymus    conjoined twins with two heads and torsos but one pair of legs

heterodyne    interference due to different wave frequencies
heterodyne – to combine (radio waves) to produce a new frequency equal to the sum or difference of the two

heterological – (of a word) self non-descriptive; e.g., ‘long’ is not a long word. (contrast autological)

heteroecious    parasitism upon several hosts

heteroepy    irregular or non-standard pronunciation
heterogenesis    spontaneous or alternate generation
heterography    incorrect or unorthodox spelling
heterology    differences due to different origin
heteronomous    subject to different or foreign laws
heteronym    word having same spelling but different sound and meaning
heteropathy    excessive sensitivity
heterophemy    accidental use of word different from that meant
heteroscian    dweller of a temperate zone
heterosis    use of one form of a noun or pronoun in place of another for rhetorical effect
heterotaxis    anomalous arrangement of body parts
heterothermal    taking the temperature of the surroundings
heterotransplantation    transplantation of tissue from an individual of another species
heterotrichosis    having hair of varied or mixed colours
heterotropic    squinting
heuristic    helping to discover by trial and error
hexactinal    having six rays
hexaemeron    period of six days of creation
hexamerous    having six parts
hexametromania    mania for writing in hexameter
hexastichal    having six lines or rows
hexeris    galley with six rows of oars
heyday    expression of elation or wonder
hiant    gaping
hibber-gibber    gibberish
hibernaculum    winter retreat
hibernal    of, like or pertaining to winter
hidation    measuring or assessing land by hides
hide    old unit of land area equal to 120 acres
hidrotic    causing or exuding sweat
hiemal    of, like or pertaining to winter
hieratical    priestly; bound by religious convention
hierocracy    government by priests or religious ministers
hierodule    temple slave
hierogram    sacred or hieroglyphic symbol
hierography    description of sacred things
hierolatry    worship of saints or sacred things
hierology    science of sacred matters
hieromachy    fight or quarrel between priests
hieromancy    divination by studying objects offered in sacrifice
hieromania    pathological religious visions or delusions
hieromonach    monk who also serves as a priest
hieropathic    pertaining to a strong love of the clergy
hierophant    one who shows or reveals sacred things
hierophobia    fear of sacred things
hieroscopy    divination using entrails
hierurgy    sacred performance
highbinder    a scheming or corrupt politician
hight    named; called; to command or call
hilasmic    propitiatory
himation    loose outer garment worn by ancient Greeks
himward    toward him
hindermate    companion who is a hindrance
hindforemost    with the back part in the front place
hinnable    able to neigh or whinny
hiplings    with the hips foremost
hipparchy    rule or control of horses
hipped    melancholy; peevish; offended
hippiatric    of, like or pertaining to the treatment of horses’ diseases
hippiatrics    study of diseases of horses
hippic    of, like or pertaining to horses
hippocras    medieval hot spiced wine
hippocrepian    horseshoe-shaped
hippocrepiform    shaped like a horseshoe
hippodamist    horse-tamer
hippoid    equine; of, like or pertaining to horses
hippology    the study of horses
hippomancy    divination using horses
hippomania    obsession with horses
hippometer    instrument to measure height of horses
hippomobile    horse-drawn vehicle
hippophagy    feeding on horses
hippophile    lover of horses
hippophobe    hater of horses

hircine    goat-like; having a goatish smell; of, like or pertaining to smelly goats
caprine Hircine Army

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Hircine is at

hircismus    stinky armpits

hircosity    goatishness
hirrient    roughly trilled
hirsute    having or covered with coarse shaggy hair
hirsuties    hairiness

hirudine    of, like or pertaining to leeches

Hirudine Woman Leech
hirudinean    of, like or pertaining to leeches

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Hirudine is at

hirundine    of, like or pertaining to swallows
hispid    rough with or covered with strong hairs or bristles
hist    expression used to attract attention
histogenesis    the formation or differentiation of tissues
histology    study of the tissues of organisms
histopathology    study of changes in tissue due to disease
historicism    belief that all phenomena are historically determined
historiography    study of writing history
historiology    study of history
histrionic    of, like or pertaining to the stage or actors
hither    to this place
hithermost    nearest on this side
hitherside    the nearest side
hoary    pale silver-grey colour; grey with age
hoatzin    South American tropical bird whose young have clawed wings
hobbish    clownish

hobbledehoy    awkward; gawky youth

hobnail    thick and strong nail for shoeing horses
hobohemia    community of hoboes
hocco    South American bird resembling a turkey
hod    V-shaped trough for carrying bricks or mortar on the shoulders
hodden    coarse undyed woollen cloth
hodiernal    of, like or pertaining to the present day
hodometry    measurement of distance of a sea voyage
hodoscope    instrument for tracing paths of ionizing particles
hoggaster    young sheep, hog, or boar
hogget    one-year-old sheep or colt
hoggin    sifted gravel
hogmanay    gift or cake made on New Year’s Eve
hogshead    unit of capacity equal to 63 gallons
hogwash    nonsense; worthless idea

Hokey – Artificially formal; Effusively or insincerely emotional

holderbat    clamp fixed around sides of pipe
holism    belief that fundamental universal principle is creation of wholes
holland    coarse plain-woven cotton or linen
holm    island in a river
holobaptism    belief in baptism with total immersion in water
holobenthic    passing entire life in the deep ocean
holocryptic    inscrutable; undecipherable
holograph    text written entirely in its author’s handwriting
holography    process of producing holographic images
holophrase    single word expressing sentence or phrase
holoptic    having the eyes meeting in front
holosteric    totally solid
holt    woody hill or grove
holystone    sandstone material used to scrape ships’ decks
homaloidal    of the nature of a plane; flat; plane-shaped
homarine    of, like or pertaining to lobsters
homeomerous    composed of similar parts
homeoteleuton    the use or occurrence of similar word endings
homichlophobia    fear of fog
homiletical    of, like or pertaining to homilies
homiletics    the art of preaching
homiliary    book of sermons
hominiform    shaped like a human
hommock    ridge in an ice field
homnivorous    eating humans
homocentric    having the same central or focal point
homochiral    identically shaped
homodont    having teeth all alike
homoeoptoton    use of series of words sharing the same verb or noun inflections
homograph    words spelled the same but of different meaning
homoiousia    similarity but not identicality in substance
homolegomena    books of the Bible used in early Christianity
homologate    to confirm; to agree; to ratify
homomerous    possessing similar parts or components
homonym    words having the same sound but different meanings
homoousia    identicality in substance
homophile    one who prefers the company of the same sex; a homosexual
homophobia    fear of homosexuals
homophyly    resemblance due to common ancestry
homoplasty    resemblance due to convergent evolution
homotaxic    arranged in a similar manner
homuncule    little artificial person
honorificabilitudinity    honourableness
hooey    nonsense; humbug
hoplarchy    government by the military
hoplite    a heavily armed Greek foot soldier
hoplology    the study of weapons
hoplomachy    fighting while heavily armoured
hopple    to restrain by tying the feet together
hopsack    rough-surfaced loose fabric
hora    circle dance
horal    of, like or pertaining to hours; hourly
horary    of, like or pertaining to an hour; continuing for an hour; hourly
hordeaceous    of, like or pertaining to barley
hordeiform    shaped like a barleycorn
horme    goal-directed or purposive behaviour
hornbook    rudimentary treatise
hornito    low oven
hornpipe    lively British folk dance
hornwork    cuckoldry
horography    art of constructing sundials or clocks
horologiography    description of timepieces
horology    science of time measurement
horometry    time measurement
horrent    bristling
horrescent    expressing or showing horror
horripilation    process causing goose-bumps
horrisonant    dreadful-sounding
hortatory    giving exhortation or advice
hortensial    of, like or pertaining to gardens
hortulan    of, like or pertaining to gardens
hospitate    to greet; to welcome
hospiticide    killer of one’s guest or host
hospitium    hospice
hosticide    killer of one’s enemy
hotchpot    aggregation of property prior to equal division among heirs
houghmagandy    fornication
houndstooth    fabric with an irregular checked pattern
hourd    timber gallery on summit of castle tower
housal    belonging to the house
housel    the eucharist; the act of taking the eucharist
howbeit    although
howdah    seat with a canopy erected on an elephant’s back
hoy    large one-decked boat

hoyden    tomboy
hoyden a boisterous or saucy girl

hoyden a boisterous or saucy girl 1

Short Story on Hoyden is at

huckaback    absorbent cotton or linen used for towels
huemul    yellow-brown South American deer
huggery    the action of hugging
huitain    group of eight lines of verse
hula    sinuous Polynesian dance with rhythmic hip movements
hulchy    swollen
humanism    belief that human interests and mind are paramount
humanitarianism    doctrine that the highest moral obligation is to improve human welfare
humect    to moisten; to cause to become moist
humectation    moisture
humgruffin    terrible person
humicubation    act of lying on the ground penitently
humify    to moisten
hummock    pile or ridge of ice
humoral    of, like or pertaining to body fluid
humpenscrump    crude musical instrument like a hurdy-gurdy
hustle    lively disco dance derived from swing elements with a plus-like pattern
hutia    large Caribbean rat-like rodent
hwyl    emotional state capable of arousing intense eloquence

hyacinth – eponym: a type of flower

hyacinthine    of a blue or purple colour

hypergolic – igniting or exploding spontaneously (without external spark) when the components come into contact [said esp. of rocket fuel]

hypochondria – see Munchausen syndrome

hypocorism – a pet name (esp. one with a dimin. suffix);  the use of pet names

hyrax – one of a group of small mammals, herbivores somewhat like woodchucks. Also called coney, dassie

hyaline    glassy, of or like glass, transparent
hyalography    engraving upon glass
hyaloid    of, like or pertaining to glass
hyalopterous    having glassy or transparent wings
hydatoid    watery
hydragogue    removing water or serum
hydrargyrism    mercury poisoning
hydric    of, like or pertaining to an abundance of moisture
hydriotaphia    burial in an urn
hydrobiology    study of aquatic organisms
hydrodynamics    study of movement in liquids
hydrogenic    caused or formed by water
hydrogeology    study of ground water
hydrognosy    historical account of water surfaces of the earth
hydrography    study of investigating bodies of water
hydrokinetics    study of motion of fluids
hydrology    study of water resources

hydromancy    divination using water
hydromancy – divination by water [dictionary at mancy lists 54 form of divination]

hydromania    irrational craving for water
hydrometeorology    study of atmospheric moisture
hydrometer    instrument for measuring specific gravity of liquids
hydropathy    study of treating diseases with water
hydrophanous    becoming transparent when placed in water
hydrophilous    loving or preferring water
hydrophobia    fear of water
hydrophobia – fear of water

hydrophobic – not mixing with water: hydrophobic oil droplets in the air. an unfamiliar meaning of a somewhat familiar word

hydropic    dropsical; thirsty
hydroscope    instrument for viewing under water
hydroscopist    one who divines sources of fresh water
hydrospace    regions beneath the oceans’ surface
hydrotaxis    movement towards or away from water
hydrotimeter    instrument for measuring water hardness
hyetal    rainy; of, like or pertaining to rainfall
hyetograph    instrument for recording rainfall
hyetology    science of rainfall
hyetometer    instrument for measuring rainfall
hyetometrograph    instrument for recording rainfall
hygeian    of, like or pertaining to health; healthy
hygeiolatry    excessive devotion to health
hygiastics    science of health and hygiene
hygiology    hygienics; study of cleanliness
hygric    of, like or pertaining to water or moisture
hygrograph    instrument for recording variations in atmospheric humidity
hygrology    study of humidity
hygrometer    instrument for measuring air moisture
hygrometry    science of humidity
hygrophilous    preferring or living where there is an abundance of moisture
hygroscope    instrument for displaying changes in air humidity
hygrostat    machine for regulating humidity of air
hylactic    barking; in a barking manner
hylarchic    ruling over matter
hyle    matter
hylicism    materialism

hylobatine    of, like or pertaining to gibbons

Hylobatine woman Gibbon

Short Story describing the meaning of the word Hylobatine is at

hylogenesis    the origin of matter
hylomania    excessive tendency towards materialism
hylomorphism    belief that matter is cause of the universe
hylopathism    belief in ability of matter to affect the spiritual world
hylophagous    eating wood
hylotheism    belief that the universe is purely material
hylotomous    wood-cutting
hylozoism    doctrine that all matter is endowed with life
hymeneal    of, like or pertaining to marriage
hymnal    collection of church hymns
hymnicide    killing of a hymn through inappropriate alterations
hymnody    hymns collectively; hymn-singing
hymnography    study of writing hymns
hymnology    study of hymns
hyoid    having a “U” shape
hypactic    purgative
hypaethral    roofless; open to the sky
hypalgesia    diminished susceptibility to pain
hypallage    figure in which relations between words are changed
hypaspist    shield-bearing elite soldier
hyperacusis    abnormally good sense of hearing
hyperalgia    extreme sensitivity to pain
hyperanarchy    condition of extreme anarchy
hyperaphia    extraordinarily keen sense of touch
hyperarchy    excessive government
hyperbaton    rhetorical device in which word order is reversed

hyperbola – a certain curve, opening more widely than a parabola. hyperbole (rhetoric) – extravagant exaggeration (This book weighs a ton.)

hyperbole    impression by extravagant exaggeration
hyperborean    an inhabitant of the extreme north
hyperbulia    excessive zeal for action or activity
hypercatalectic    having an extra syllable on the end of a line of verse
hypercathexis    manic desire for a particular object

hypercorrection – a language misuse (spelling, pronunciation, grammar) made by analogy to a form that is thought to be “better speaking”

hyperdulia    veneration of the Virgin Mary above saints and angels

hyperemesis    excessive vomiting

hypergamy    marriage of a man to a woman of lower status
hypergamy – the tendency for women to marry “up”

hyperhidrosis    excessive sweating
hypermania    severe mania
hypermetropia    long-sightedness
hypernym    word representing a class of words or things
hyperope    far-sighted person
hyperosmia    very keen sense of smell
hyperphagia    eating too much
hyperpyrexia    excessive body temperature
hypertrichologist    person who treats unsightly facial hair
hyphaeresis    omission of sound or letter from a word
hypnagogic    sleep-inducing; pertaining to drowsiness or sleep
hypnoetic    of, like or pertaining to unconscious logical thought
hypnogeny    production of the hypnotic state
hypnoid    like sleep or hypnosis
hypnology    study of sleep; study of hypnosis
hypnomancy    divination using sleep
hypnomogia    insomnia
hypnopompic    of, like or pertaining to period between sleep and wakefulness
hypnosophy    knowledge of phenomena relating to sleep
hypobole    anticipating and refuting objections to an argument

hypobulic    weak-willed; lacking willpower

27 Cant loose weight

hypocaust    space under floor for heating by hot air

hypocorism    pet-name; diminutive or abbreviated name

hypodynamia    loss of strength

hypogeal    underground

hypogeiody    surveying underground

hypogeum    underground chamber

hypogeusia    diminished sense of taste

hypolimnion    colder and deeper layer of water in a lake

hypomania    minor mania
hypometropia    shortsightedness
hyponychial    underneath fingernail or toenail
hyponym    term which is a member of a larger class
hypophora    statement of an opponent’s probable but as yet unstated objection
hypophrenia    weakness of mental facilities
hypostasis    basis; foundation; essence
hypostrophe    return to primary argument after digression
hypostyle    pillar
hypotaxis    dependent construction
hypothecary    of, like or pertaining to mortgages
hypothecate    to mortgage; to place as security
hypotrichosis    hairlessness
hypotyposis    vivid description of a scene
hypsiloid    shaped like the Greek letter upsilon
hypsography    science of measuring heights
hypsometer    instrument for measuring height of trees through triangulation
hypsophobia    fear of high places
hypural    situated beneath the tail
hyrax    shrew
hyrax    small rodent-like ungulate
hysteresis    lagging of an effect behind its cause
hysterogenic    causing hysteria
hysteroid    like or resembling a womb
hysteromania    nymphomania
hysteron proteron    in rhetoric, putting first what normally comes last
hystricine    of, like or pertaining to porcupines

SAT Vocabulary must know words Survival words ….. Words Starting with ” H ” from SKM Classes Subhashish Sir

habitable adj. Fit to be dwelt in.
habitant n. Dweller.
habitual adj. According to usual practice.
habitude n. Customary relation or association.
hackney v. To make stale or trite by repetition.
haggard adj. Worn and gaunt in appearance.
halcyon adj. Calm.
hale adj. Of sound and vigorous health.
handwriting n. Penmanship.
hanger-on n. A parasite.
happy-go-lucky adj. Improvident.
harangue n. A tirade.
harass v. To trouble with importunities, cares, or annoyances.
harbinger n. One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing.
hard-hearted adj. Lacking pity or sympathy.
hardihood n. Foolish daring.
harmonious adj. Concordant in sound.
havoc n. Devastation.
hawthorn n. A thorny shrub much used in England for hedges.
hazard n. Risk.
head first adv. Precipitately, as in diving.
head foremost adv. Precipitately, as in diving.
heartrending adj. Very depressing.
heathenish adj. Irreligious.
heedless adj. Thoughtless.
heifer n. A young cow.
heinous adj. Odiously sinful.
hemorrhage n. Discharge of blood from a ruptured or wounded blood-vessel.
hemorrhoids n. pl. Tumors composed of enlarged and thickened blood-vessels, at the lower end of the rectum.
henchman n. A servile assistant and subordinate.
henpeck v. To worry or harass by ill temper and petty annoyances.
heptagon n. A figure having seven sides and seven angles.
heptarchy n. A group of seven governments.
herbaceous adj. Having the character of a herb.
herbarium n. A collection of dried plants scientifically arranged for study.
herbivorous adj. Feeding on herbs or other vegetable matter, as animals.
hereditary adj. Passing naturally from parent to child.
heredity n. Transmission of physical or mental qualities, diseases, etc., from parent to offspring.
heresy n. An opinion or doctrine subversive of settled beliefs or accepted principles.
heretic n. One who holds opinions contrary to the recognized standards or tenets of any philosophy.
heritage n. Birthright.
hernia n. Protrusion of any internal organ in whole or in part from its normal position.
hesitancy n. A pausing to consider.
hesitant adj. Vacillating.
hesitation n. Vacillation.
heterodox adj. At variance with any commonly accepted doctrine or opinion.
heterogeneity n. Unlikeness of constituent parts.
heterogeneous adj. Consisting of dissimilar elements or ingredients of different kinds.
heteromorphic adj. Deviating from the normal form or standard type.
hexangular adj. Having six angles.
hexapod adj. Having six feet.
hexagon n. A figure with six angles.
hiatus n. A break or vacancy where something necessary to supply the connection is wanting.
hibernal adj. Pertaining to winter.
Hibernian adj. Pertaining to Ireland, or its people.
hideous adj. Appalling.
hilarious adj. Boisterously merry.
hillock n. A small hill or mound.
hinder v. To obstruct.
hindmost adj. Farthest from the front.
hindrance n. An obstacle.
hirsute adj. Having a hairy covering.
hoard v. To gather and store away for the sake of accumulation.
hoarse adj. Having the voice harsh or rough, as from a cold or fatigue.
homage n. Reverential regard or worship.
homogeneity n. Congruity of the members or elements or parts.
homogeneous adj. Made up of similar parts or elements.
homologous adj. Identical in nature, make-up, or relation.
homonym n. A word agreeing in sound with but different in meaning from another.
homophone n. A word agreeing in sound with but different in meaning from another.
honorarium n. A token fee or payment to a professional man for services.
hoodwink v. To deceive.
horde n. A gathered multitude of human beings.
hosiery n. A stocking.
hospitable adj. Disposed to treat strangers or guests with generous kindness.
hospitality n. The practice of receiving and entertaining strangers and guests with kindness.
hostility n. Enmity.
huckster n. One who retails small wares.
humane adj. Compassionate.
humanitarian n. A philanthropist.
humanize v. To make gentle or refined.
humbug n. Anything intended or calculated to deceive or mislead.
humiliate v. To put to shame.
hussar n. A light-horse trooper armed with saber and carbine.
hustle v. To move with haste and promptness.
hybrid adj. Cross-bred.
hydra n. The seven- or nine-headed water-serpent slain by Hercules.
hydraulic adj. Involving the moving of water, of the force exerted by water in motion.
hydrodynamics n. The branch of mechanics that treats of the dynamics of fluids.
hydroelectric adj. Pertaining to electricity developed water or steam.
hydromechanics n. The mechanics of fluids.
hydrometer n. An instrument for determining the density of solids and liquids by flotation.
hydrostatics n. The branch of science that treats of the pressure and equilibrium of fluids.
hydrous adj. Watery.
hygiene n. The branch of medical science that relates to improving health.
hypercritical adj. Faultfinding.
hypnosis n. An artificial trance-sleep.
hypnotic adj. Tending to produce sleep.
hypnotism n. An artificially induced somnambulistic state in which the mind readily acts on suggestion.
hypnotize v. To produce a somnambulistic state in which the mind readily acts on suggestions.
hypocrisy n. Extreme insincerity.
hypocrite n. One who makes false professions of his views or beliefs.
hypodermic adj. Pertaining to the area under the skin.
hypotenuse n. The side of a right-angled triangle opposite the right angle.
hypothesis n. A proposition taken for granted as a premise from which to reach a conclusion.
hysteria n. A nervous affection occurring typically in paroxysms of laughing and crying.


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