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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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Halcyon – calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy
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Halieutics – study of fishing
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Halitosis – bad breath
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Hamshackle – to fetter; to restrain
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Hapax – word which occurs only once
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Hebetic – occurring at puberty
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Hebetude – mental dullness lethargy stupidity shown by a woman
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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)
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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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Hobson’s choice – an apparently free choice which is really not free, because when there is no real alternative
hodag – a mythical beast given to weeping because of its extreme ugliness
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hodgepodge (N. Amer.) or hotchpotch – a confused mixture
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 – a tedious moralizing talk
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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.
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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
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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!”
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
helminthology – the study of worms, especially intestinal worms
helminthiasis infestation with worms
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
hippocrepiform shaped like a horseshoe
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
Short Story describing the meaning of the word Hircine is at
hircismus stinky armpits
hirrient roughly trilled
hirsute having or covered with coarse shaggy hair
hirudine 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
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
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
horography art of constructing sundials or clocks
horologiography description of timepieces
horology science of time measurement
horometry time measurement
horrescent expressing or showing horror
horripilation process causing goose-bumps
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
hosticide killer of one’s enemy
hotchpot aggregation of property prior to equal division among heirs
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
howdah seat with a canopy erected on an elephant’s back
hoy large one-decked boat
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
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
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
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
hylobatine of, like or pertaining to gibbons
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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
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
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
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
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
hypocaust space under floor for heating by hot air
hypocorism pet-name; diminutive or abbreviated name
hypodynamia loss of strength
hypogeiody surveying underground
hypogeum underground chamber
hypogeusia diminished sense of taste
hypolimnion colder and deeper layer of water in a lake
hypomania minor mania
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
hypotaxis dependent construction
hypothecary of, like or pertaining to mortgages
hypothecate to mortgage; to place as security
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 small rodent-like ungulate
hysteresis lagging of an effect behind its cause
hysterogenic causing hysteria
hysteroid like or resembling a womb
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.