HEM – nouns
– BORD a broad hem or welt; a ruffle, a frill …Bk1911 Sc.
– WAIN † a hem, border …c1440
HEMISPHERE – nouns
– HALF-COMPASS † hemisphere …1587
– HALF-SPHERE † hemisphere …1611
– HALF-WORLD hemisphere …1605
HEMP – nouns
– GALLOW-GRASS hemp …M16 sl.
– PANTAGRUELION a humorous name given to hemp, as the source of the hangman’s rope …1857
hemp – person
– HACKLER a person employed to hackle flex or hemp; a flax or hemp dresser …1649 hist.
– HATCHELLER * a flax or hemp dresser; a hackler …c1450
– HECKLER a person employed to hackle flax or hemp; a flax or hemp dresser …1297 hist.
– HECKLESTER †* a dresser of flax or hemp: originally female …1480
– HEMP-BEATER a person employed in beating the rotted stems of hemp, so as to detach the fibre …1615
– HEMP-DRESSER one who hackles hemp …a1658
– HEMP-HATCHELER a hemp-dresser …1724
– HEMP-HECKLER a hemp-dresser; one who hackles hemp; a flax-dresser …1725
– HEMPSTER anyone involved in the business of retailing hemp …2002 UK sl.
– HICKLER a dresser of flax or hemp …Bk1895 Eng. dial.
– HITCHELER a hemp-dresser …Bk1895 Eng. dial.
HEN – nouns
– BIDDY-HEN a hen …1907 Amer. dial.
– BROODER a chicken coop; a hen house …1939 Amer. dial.
– BROODER COOP a chicken coop; a hen house …1931 Amer. dial.
– BROODER HOUSE a chicken coop; a hen house …1939 Amer. dial.
– BROODER PEN a chicken coop; a hen house …1965 Amer. dial.
– BUNTIE a tailless hen…1930 Amer. dial.
– BUNTING a tailless hen…1891 Amer. dial.
– BUNTY a tailless hen…1872 Amer. dial.
– CACKLEBIRD a hen …1966 US sl.
– CACKLER a hen …1673 sl.
– CACKLER’S-KEN a hen-roost; a fowl-house …1788 sl.
– CAPLE † a hen …c1460 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– CHICKABIDDY a hen …1930 Amer. dial.
– CHITTYPRAT a black and white speckled hen …1892 Eng. dial.
– CLUCK a hen …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
– EAROCK a hen of the first year; one that has only just begun to lay; a pullet …1794 Sc.
– EIRACK a hen of the first year …1791 Sc.
– ERRACK a hen of the first year; one that has only just begun to lay; a pullet …1794 Sc.
– EVE a hen roost …E18 Eng. dial.
– GELINE † in cookery: a hen …c1430
– HATCH a hen-coop …Bk1902 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– HOWDY-TOWDY a young hen; one that has never laid …B1900 Eng. dial.
– KAVE † a hen-coop …1789 Sc.
– MABBIERS young hens, chickens …1790 Eng. dial.
– MABYER a young hen, a chicken, a pullet …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MARGERY PRATER † a fowl, a hen …1567 cant
– MAWZY a speckled hen …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MERGERY-PRATER † a hen …1567 cant
– SKROCK HEN a setting hen …1937 Amer. dial.
– SKROOK a setting hen …1983 Amer. dial.
– TAPPIETOURIE a pet name for a hen with a tuft of feathers …1826 Sc.
– TAWPENNY a hen with a tuft on its head …Bk1905 N. Ireland
– TEWKIE, TUKEY, TUKIE a hen; frequently used as a nickname …1892 Sc.
– TUKIE-HEN a hen; frequently used as a nickname …1892 Sc.
– WIDDIE, WIDDY a baby chick; also, rarely, a hen …1936 Amer. dial.
hen – person
– EVESDROPPER a robber of hen-houses …L18 sl.
hen – verbs
– CAKE to cackle as a goose, or as a hen wanting to sit …1788 Eng. dial.
– KECKLE, KICKLE of a hen or other bird: to cluck, to cackle …1513
hen – interjections
– KECK! the sound made by a hen when it has laid and egg; cluck! …c1760 Sc.
HENCE – adverbs
– HEREHENCE hence …1669
HENCHMAN – person
– JACKAL a skulking henchman; one who does another’s dirty work …Bk1989
HEN-PECK – verbs
– BIDDY-PECK to nag, to hen-peck …1970 Amer. dial.
HENPECKED – adjectives
– BIDDY-PECKED henpecked …1970 Amer. dial.
– BREECHLESS of a man: not “wearing the breeches” but being dominated by a woman; henpecked …1952 Amer. dial.
– BRITCHLESS of a man: not “wearing the breeches” but being dominated by a woman; henpecked …1952 Amer. dial.
– PUSSY-WHIPPED henpecked …M20 sl.
– WOMAN-TIRED † henpecked …1611
henpecked – nouns
– HENPECKERY the condition of being henpecked …1838
henpecked – person
– EGG a henpecked husband …1968 Amer. dial.
– HEN FRIGHT a man who is dominated by his wife …c1850 sl.
– HEN-PECK * hen-pecked or nagged husband …1765
– HENPECT-HUSBAND one whose wife wears the breeches …Bk1737
– HODDY-DODDY † a cuckold; a henpecked man …1598
– HOMEBIRD a henpecked husband …M19 sl.
– JERRY-SNEAK a henpecked husband …1764
– MEACOCK † a silly effeminate fellow; a spiritless or timorous fellow; a coward, a weakling; a henpecked husband …1526
– MINNIE’S-MAN a term of contempt for a henpecked husband …1806 Sc.
– TOM TILER, TOM TYLER any ordinary man; also, a henpecked husband …1582
henpecked – verbs
– LIVE AT THE SIGN OF THE CAT’S FOOT to be henpecked …19C
– LIVE UNDER THE CAT’S FOOT to be henpecked; to live under a wife’s control …B1900
HERALD – person
– HERALD 1. an officer having the function of arranging public processions, funerals, and other state ceremonials; of regulating the use of armorial bearings; of settling questions of precedence in processions or at court; and, in process of time, of recording the names and pedigrees of those entitled to armorial bearings …c1384
2. a person who precedes and announces the approach of another; a forerunner; a precursor …1597
– HERALDESS a female herald …1881
– HERALDET † a petty herald …1625
HERALDRY – person
– HERALD one skilled in heraldry; a heraldist …1821
– HERALDIST one who is versed in heraldry …1814
– HERALDRIST * one who is versed in heraldry …1875
HERBS – adjectives
– HERBULENT †* full of herbs or grass …1656
– OLERACEOUS of the nature of a pot-herb (herb grown for cookery) or vegetable used in cookery; obtained from a pot-herb …a1682
– OLITORY * pert. to pot-herbs or kitchen vegetables, or to the kitchen garden …1658
– SIMPLISTIC pert. to a ‘simplist’ or to ‘simples’ …1860
herbs – nouns
– OLERICULTURE * the cultivation of pot-herbs or other esculent vegetables …1888
– OLITORY † 1. a pot-herb. a culinary vegetable …1696
† 2. a kitchen-garden (herbs) …1706
– ORCHARD † a garden for herbs and fruit-trees …c1000
– SALADING herbs and vegetables for a salad …1664
– SIMPLE a plant or herb employed for medical purposes; chiefly used in the plural …1539 now arch.
– SIMPLING † the gathering or study of ‘simples’ or medicinal plants …1597
– WARMTH † of herbs: aphrodisiac quality …1697
herbs – person
– DOCTOR LADY a woman skilled at voodoo, conjuration, or herbal medicine …1938 Amer. dial.
– DOCTOR WOMAN a woman skilled at voodoo, conjuration, or herbal medicine …c1943 Amer. dial.
– GALENIST a physician that in his way of practice follows Galen’s method, esp. pert. to vegetable preparations, as distinguished from chemical remedies; a herb doctor …1594
– GALENITE † a physician that in his way of practice follows Galen’s method, esp. pert. to vegetable preparations, as distinguished from chemical remedies; a herb doctor …1606
– HERBALIST 1. a dealer in medicinal herbs or simples; one who prepares or administers herbal remedies …1592
2. one versed in the knowledge of herbs or plants; a collector of or writer on plants; a botanist; now used of the early botanical writers …1594
– HERBARIAN † one skilled in the knowledge of herbs …1577
– HERBARIST † one skilled in herbs; a herbalist …1577
– HERBARY † one skilled in herbs; a herbalist …1548
– HERB-DOCTOR one who treats or cures ailments by means of herbs …1854 Amer. dial.
– HERB-DOCTRESS one who treats or cures ailments by means of herbs …a1864 Amer. dial.
– HERBIST † one skilled in herbs; a herbalist …1611
– HERBISTER † one skilled in herbs; a herbalist …1623 Sc.
– HERB-MAN a man who deals in herbs …1580
– HERBOLOGIST a practitioner of herbal medicine; a herbalist …1929 orig. & chiefly US
– HERBORIST one skilled in herbs; a herbalist …1578
– HERBSTER a herb doctor …1968 Amer. dial.
– HERB-WEEAN a woman who deals in ‘simples’ …Bk1902 Eng. dial.
– HERB-WIFE a woman who sells herbs …1583
– HERB-WOMAN a woman who sells herbs …1609
– KAIL-WIFE a woman who sells vegetables and herbs; a female greengrocer …a1779 Sc.
– SIMPLER one who collects or studies ‘simples’; a herbalist …1591 now arch.
– SIMPLICIST †* one who has a knowledge of medical ‘simples’; a herbalist …1594
– SIMPLIFIER † a maker of ‘simples’ …1594
– SIMPLIST * one who studies ‘simples’ or medicinal plants; a herbalist …1597
– YARBALIST a herbalist …Bk1879 Eng. dial.
– YARB-DOCTOR a herb-doctor …Bk1886 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– YARBER a gatherer of herbs …Bk1875 Eng. dial.
– YARB WOMAN a woman who picks and sells herbs …Bk1992 Amer. South
– YERB-WEEAN the herb-woman or doctress …Bk1873 Eng. dial.
– YERB-WIFE a woman who collects herbs, mainly for medicinal purposes …1925 Sc.
– YIRBALIST a seller of herbs; a herbalist …1925 Sc.
– YIRB-WIFE an old woman skilled in the virtues of herbs …Bk1825 Sc.
herbs – verbs
– GO (A) SIMPLING to seek or gather ‘simples’ or medicinal herbs …1648 now arch.
– SIMPLE to seek for or gather ‘simples’ or medicinal herbs …1643 now arch.
HERD – nouns
– PARCEL † a small part, company, collection, or assemblage of persons, animals, or things; a group, lot, stet; a drove, flock, herd …1588 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
herd – verbs
– BAND to form into a herd or flock …1878 Amer. dial.
HERDSMAN, HERDSWOMAN – person
– KEEP †* a herdsman or herdswoman …1641
HERE – adverbs
– YAHSO here, in or to this place …1995 Jamaica
HEREDITARY – adjectives
– HEREDITARIOUS †* hereditary …1527
– SUCCESSIVE † hereditary; descending or transmitted by succession or inheritance …1432-50
– SUCCESSORY † succeeding by inheritance; hereditary …1610
hereditary – nouns
– TAND a hereditary tinge, trace, stain; an inherited bad habit …1929 Sc.
– TANDER a hereditary trace, stain; a tendency to revert to old failings …1930 Sc.
HEREDITY – person
– HEREDITIST an advocate of the theory that characteristics are primarily determined by heredity …1885
HERESY – nouns
– BUGGERY † abhorrent heresy …a1400
heresy – person
– HÆRESIARCH a leader or founder of heresy – 1624
– HÆRESIMACH * one who fights against heresy …1824
– HERESIARCH a leader or founder of heresy …1625
– HERESIMACH * one who fights against heresy …1824
– HERESIOGRAPHER one who treats of heresies …1822
– HERESIOLOGER one who treats of heresy or heresies …1875
– HERESIOLOGIST one who treats of heresy or heresies …1710
– HERETICATOR one who hereticates or denounces heresy …1685
HERETIC, HERETICAL – nouns
– HERETICIDE * the act of putting a heretic to death …1702
– HERETIFICATION the act of pronouncing heretical …Bk1885
heretic, heretical – person
– HERESIAN † a heretic …a1706
– HERETIC 1. one who maintains theological or religious opinions at variance with the ‘catholic’ or orthodox doctrine of the Christian Church, or, by extension, that of any church or religious system, considered as orthodox …c1330
2. one who maintains opinions upon any subject at variance with those generally received or considered authoritative …1600
– HERETICASTER †* a petty or contemptible heretic …a1711
– ZENDIK, ZINDICK, ZINDIQ an adherent of any of various sects considered to be heretical; a heretic; an irreligious person; chiefly with reference to Persia or the Ottoman Empire …1667
heretic, heretical – verbs
– HERETICATE to class or denounce as a heretic …1629
HERMAPHRODITE – adjectives
– HALF-AND-HALF hermaphroditic …1944 Amer. sl.
hermaphrodite – nouns
– HERMAPHRODEITY †* the state of being hermaphrodite …1612
– HERMAPHRODISY * hermaphrodite state or quality …1807
hermaphrodite – person
– ANDROGYNE a hermaphrodite …a1387
– ANISEED ROBIN, ANNISEED ROBIN a hermaphrodite; later, a prostitute …L17
– HALF-AND-HALF a person with the characteristics of both a man and a woman; a hermaphrodite …1935 Amer. dial.
– HARUMFRODITE, HARUMPHRODITE a hermaphrodite …1896 jocular sl.
– HERKINALSON a hermaphrodite …Bk1881
– HERMAPHRODITE a human being having both male and female sex organs …c1400
– HERMOFRODITE a human being having both male and female sex organs …c1400
– HERUMFRODITE a hermaphrodite …1896 jocular sl.
– HE-SHE (usually derogatory and offensive) a person regarded as having both male and female attributes; a hermaphrodite, transvestite, or transsexual; later, esp., a male-to-female transgender or transsexual person; a lesbian who adopts a traditionally masculine identity or appearance …a1661
– MAN-WOMAN † a hermaphrodite …1587
– MEG-HARRY an hermaphrodite …B1900 Eng. dial.
– MOFF a hermaphrodite …20C Brit. sl.
– MOFFRATITE a hermaphrodite …Bk2004 Eng. sl.
– MOFFRY a hermaphrodite …1996 W. Indies
– MOPH a hermaphrodite …1823 sl.
– MOPHREY a hermaphrodite …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MOPHRODITE orig. a hermaphrodite; a person having both male and female sex characteristics…1697
– MORF a hermaphrodite …1951 US sl.
– MORFADITE, MORFIDITE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Amer. dial.
– MORFERY a hermaphrodite …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MORFODIKE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Amer. dial.
– MORFRA a hermaphrodite …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MORFRADITE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Eng. & Amer. dial.
– MORFREY a hermaphrodite …1879 Eng. dial.
– MORFREYDITE a hermaphrodite …1879 Eng. dial.
– MORFYDYKE a hermaphrodite …1992 US
– MORPH a hermaphrodite …1951 Amer. sl.
– MORPHADIKE a morphodite; a hermaphrodite; a person having both male and female sex characteristics; later, a homosexual man or woman, esp. one overtly manifesting features or attributes regarded as characteristic of the opposite sex; a transvestite …1962 colloq.
– MORPHADITE a hermaphrodite …c1890 Amer. sl.
– MORPHODIKE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Amer. dial.
– MORPHODITE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Amer. dial.
– MORPHODYE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Amer. dial.
– MORPHREY a hermaphrodite …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MORPHY a hermaphrodite …1970
– MORPHYDITE a hermaphrodite; a person with characteristics of the other sex …1896 Amer. dial.
– MORPHYDYKE a morphodite; orig. a hermaphrodite; a person having both male and female sex characteristics; later, a homosexual man or woman, esp. one overtly manifesting features or attributes regarded as characteristic of the opposite sex; a transvestite …1896 colloq.
– MOXPHRODITE a hermaphrodite …1937 UK
– MUFFLEDICE an hermaphrodite …1922 Amer. dial.
– PEACHES a hermaphrodite …1960s US Black sl.
– PEACH TREE a hermaphrodite …1960s US Black sl.
– SCART a hermaphrodite; esp. a female hermaphrodite sheep …Bk1904 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– SCRAT a hermaphrodite …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– WILL-JILL a hermaphrodite …19C Eng. dial.
hermaphrodite – verbs
– HERMAPHRODITIZE * the making a hermaphrodite of; figuratively, to render effeminate …1598
HERMIT – person
– BUSHNIPPLE a backwoodsman; a hermit …1930 Amer. dial.
– HANKERSAIDLE a hermit; an anchorite …1825 Sc.
– HEREMITE † a hermit …c1200
– HERMIT 1. one who from religious motives has retired into solitary life; especially one of the early Christian recluses …c1275
2. a person living in solitude …1799
– HERMITESS a female hermit …1633
– HERMITRESS † a female hermit …1611
– HIERONYMIAN a hermit of any of the various orders of St. Jerome …1656
– HIERONYMITE a hermit of any of the various orders of St. Jerome …1728
– OLD BACHELOR a confirmed bachelor; a solitary or reclusive rustic; a hermit …1867 Amer. dial.
– OLD BATCH a confirmed bachelor; a solitary or reclusive rustic; a hermit …1899 Amer. dial.
– YERMIT an eremite, a hermit …1824 Sc.
HERO, HEROINE – person
– ACE a close or best friend; one’s hero or idol …1941 Amer. sl.
– BELLONA a spirited woman of commanding presence; an imposing and strong-willed woman; a courageous woman; a heroine …1820
– BERNE † a warrior, a hero, a man of valour; in later use, a poetic word for ‘man’ …937
– C.H. a conquering hero …1882 colloq.
– HELD a hero …Bk1982 Jewish
– HELETH † a warrior, a hero, a man …c1205
– HERO a man distinguished by the performance of courageous or noble actions, esp. in battle; a brave or illustrious warrior, soldier, etc. …1578
– HERO-ERRANT a hero wandering in quest of adventures, esp. one in a story …a1774
– HEROESS a heroine …1612
– HEROIC † a man of heroic nature; a hero, esp. one from classical mythology …1586
– HEROINE a woman distinguished by the performance of courageous or noble actions; a woman generally admired or acclaimed for her great qualities or achievements …1587
– HERO OF THE DAY a person viewed as being heroic at the present moment or in relation to current events; also, generally, a person who is currently and widely celebrated or praised as a hero …1712
– HERO OF THE HOUR a person viewed as being heroic at the present moment or in relation to current events; also, generally, a person who is currently and widely celebrated or praised as a hero …1781
– HERO-WOMAN a female hero …1847
– KEMP † a champion, a warrior, a hero …1802 Sc.
– MAIN MAN one’s hero …1970 Amer. sl.
– MANNE DIE a local hero, esp. in a school or college …1960s S. Afr. sl.
hero – person, other
– HEROINE-WORSHIPPER a person who intensely, excessively, or uncritically admires a woman that he or she views as a heroine …1853
– HEROOLOGIST who writes about or studies heroes …1781
– HERO-WORSHIPPER a person who intensely, uncritically, or excessively admires a person that he or she views as a hero; a person with a tendency to such admiration …1741
HEROIC – adjectives
– CAMPIE of persons: bold, brave, heroic …1882 Sc.
– CAMPY of persons: bold, brave, heroic …1882 Sc.
HEROIN – see DRUGS, HEROIN
HERON – nouns
– HERNSHAW * a young heron …1381
– JAMMY the heron, Ardea cinera …B1900 Eng. dial.
– LADY OF THE WATERS Louisiana heron …1916 Amer. dial.
HERPES – person
– HERPIE a person infected with genital herpes …1970s US sl.
HERRING – nouns
– ALLIGATOR a herring …M19 sl.
– ATLANTIC RANGER a herring …B1883 Eng. sl.
– BALL a large and compact shoal of herrings …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– CALIFORNIAN a red, hard-dried herring …c1850
– CAPON a red herring …c1640 sl.
– DIGBY CHICKEN a dried herring …Can. colloq.
– EYEBAIT a small herring …1884 Amer. dial.
– HERRING-FARE † a voyage to catch herrings …1530
– KENNEBEC TURKEY a smoked herring; sometimes a mackerel …1975 Amer. dial.
– LANK n. a lean creature; a spent herring …1861 Sc.
– MAGISTRATE a red herring …1895 Sc.
– MALE five hundred herrings …Bk1905 Sc.
– MATIE an immature herring; a fat herring …1880 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– OCEAN RAMBLER a herring; a sardine …1961 UK sl.
– OLD SOLDIER a red herring …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– OLDWIFE a herring …1588 Amer. dial.
– PINCERS a herring …1896 Amer. dial.
– PROTESTANT HERRING orig. applied to a bad or stale herring; anything of an inferior quality …Irish sl.
– QUIBLIN a small or inferior kind of herring …1921 Sc.
– RED a smoked herring …19C sl.
– SCAG putrid fish, esp. herrings …1892 Sc.
– SILE young herring …1769 Sc. & N. Eng. dial.
– TAUNTON TURKEY herring …1817 Amer. dial.
– YARMOUTH CAPON † a red-herring …a1661
– YAULIN a young herring …1758
– YAWLING a young herring …1758
HERZEGOVINA – person
– HERZEGOVINESE a native or inhabitant of Herzegovina, a country in south-eastern Europe, now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina; a person of Herzegovinian descent …1849
– HERZEGOVINIAN a native or inhabitant of Herzegovina, a country in south-eastern Europe, now part of Bosnia and Herzegovina; a person of Herzegovinian descent …1849
HESITANCY – nouns
– HESITUDE †* doubtfulness, hesitancy …1623
HESITANT – adjectives
– BACKING AND FILLING irresolute; dilatory; hesitant; shifty …c1840 Eng. colloq.
– HAGGLY hesitant, stumbling, lacking fluency …1866 Sc.
HESITATE – person
– HAIVER hesitation accompanied with a great fuss; a person who hesitates …Bk1902 Sc.
– HAIVERS n. hesitation accompanied with a great fuss; a person who hesitates …Bk1902 Sc.
– HANG-BACK one who hangs back or hesitates …1866
– HANGER † one who hesitates or wavers …1536
– HAVERS hesitation accompanied with a great fuss; a person who hesitates …Bk1902 Sc.
– WAFFLE-BAGS one who hesitates or vacillates; a weak, undecided person …1889 Eng. dial.
– WAFFLER a weak, indecisive, vacillating person; one who hesitates; a ditherer; a laggard …1819 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– WAFFLES one who hesitates or vacillates; a trifling, undecided person; a loafer, an idle sauntering person …B1900 Eng. dial.
– ARGH to be timid or fearful; to feel reluctant from timidity, to hesitate …1725 Sc.
– BACK AND FILL to move hesitantly, to hesitate, to be irresolute …B1840 sl. orig. Eng. nautical
– BALANCE to waver, to deliberate, to hesitate …1655
– BE ON THE BALANCE to hesitate, to be undecided …Bk1898 Eng. dial.
– DACKLE to hesitate ….1825 Sc.
– DILLDALLY to delay, to loiter, to hesitate …1908 Amer. dial.
– DILVER to loiter, to hesitate, to dawdle …Bk1900 Eng. dial.
– DRILLY-DRALLY to waste time, to loiter, to hesitate …1881 Eng. dial.
– DUBITATE * to doubt, to hesitate, to waver …1837
– GALAY to hesitate, to speak or act indecisively …20C W. Indies sl.
– HACK † to hesitate; to hesitate in speech; to stammer; to stutter …1553 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
– HACKER 1. to hesitate in speech; to stammer, to stutter …1787 Eng. dial.
2. to shuffle, to hesitate …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HACKSLAVER to hesitate in speech; to stammer and splutter …B1900 Eng. dial.
– HAFFER to speak stammeringly or hesitatingly …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAFFLE to hesitate; to speak confusedly; to falter; to stammer; to prevaricate, to quibble …1790 Eng. dial.
– HAFFLE AND CAFFLE to shilly-shally …1896 Eng. dial.
– HAFT † to use subtlety or deceit; to use shifts or dodges; to haggle, to cavil; to avoid coming to the point, to hold off, to hang back, to hesitate …1519
– HAGGLE to hesitate, to stumble …1731 Sc.
– HAIVER to hesitate and make much ado about doing anything; to be lazy at work …Bk1902 Sc.
– HALT to hesitate …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAMMER to stammer; to hesitate in speaking …1843 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– HAMP to stammer, to speak or read hesitatingly …1796 Sc.
– HANG A LEG to hesitate or hold back; to be reluctant or tardy; to loiter …1883
– HANG AN ARSE to hesitate or hold back; to be reluctant or tardy; to loiter …1596
– HANG THE ARSE to hesitate timorously …17C colloq.
– HANG THE GROIN to hesitate or hold back; to be reluctant or tardy; to loiter …1577-87
– HANG THE WING † to hesitate, to show timidity …1632
– HANKER to hesitate, to ponder, esp. to hesitate in speaking …1873 Eng. dial.
– HAWK to hesitate, to hum and haw; to make much ado before doing anything …Bk1902 Sc.
– HEM-HAW AROUND to speak hesitatingly; to avoid giving a clear answer; to be indecisive …1954 Amer. dial.
– LAIT to look for a word, to hesitate in speech …1804 Eng. dial.
– MAFFLE to stammer, to hesitate …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MAMMER to hesitate; to be undecided; to waver in determination …1350 Eng. dial.
– PALTER to hesitate, to prevaricate; to play fast and loose …1671 Eng. dial.
– SCOTCH to stop, to give up; to hinder; to hesitate; to deduct, to curtail …Bk1904 Eng. dial.
– STICK IN ONE’S THROAT to be difficult of expression; to cause to hesitate
– TARROW to tarry, to delay, to linger, to hesitate, to show reluctance …c1375 Sc.
– TARROW AT to feel or display reluctance; to show disdain or hesitation, to be pettishly unwilling to accept, to spurn, to refuse …1768 Sc.
– TARTLE † to hesitate, esp. to hesitate in recognizing a person …1737 Sc.
– THRIMBLE to fumble; to hesitate, to trifle …1781 Eng. dial.
– UM AND AH to hesitate, to be uncertain …2000 UK sl.
– VAREEZ to be doubtful, to hesitate …1908 Sc.
– VARY † to be uncertain, to hesitate …c1477
– WAFFLE to waver, to be uncertain, undecided, or hesitant; to vacillate …1819 Sc.& N. Eng. dial.
HESITATING – adjectives
– ARGH hesitating, reluctant, unwilling, disinclined …1813 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– DACKER hesitating, uncertain, undecided; said of a person who can’t make up his mind, and to the weather when unsettled …1887 Sc.
– DUBITATIVE inclined or given to doubt; expressing doubt or hesitancy; doubting, uncertain …1727
– HAFFLING hesitating, indecisive; prevaricating …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HAFFLY hesitating, indecisive; prevaricating …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– HEIVY-KEIVY uncertain, doubtful, wavering, hesitating …1874 Eng. dial.
– HESITATIOUS †* characterized by hesitation …1657
– IFING-AND-ANDING hesitating …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– IFFING-AND-OFFING in a state of indecision …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MAMMERING † hesitating …1581
– THARF of heavy countenance; lumpish; reluctant, unwilling; hesitating; shy; slow; forbidding, cold, unsociable …1882 Sc. & Eng. dial.
– TITUBANT * uncertain, doubting, hesitating, wavering …1880
– VACILLANT uncertain, hesitating, wavering …1521
– WAFFLING indecisive, hesitating, vacillating, shilly-shallying …1847 Sc.& Eng. dial.
– WAFFLY hesitating, undecided, vacillating; weak …1890 Sc. & Eng. dial.
hesitating – nouns
– BOGGLING delaying, unnecessarily hesitating …1815 Amer. dial.
– CAFFLING hesitating, shilly-shallying …1886 Eng. dial.
HESITATINGLY – adverbs
– FAINTLY † with hesitation, not actively or energetically, coldly, half-heartedly …c1440
– FEARFULLY † in a state of apprehension or uneasiness; anxiously; cautiously, with hesitation …1586
– TITTER-TOTTER hesitatingly, waveringly …1725
HESITATION – nouns
– ANTRIMS doubts, hesitations …B1900 Eng. dial.
– AUNTER a pretense, needless scruple, excuse, hesitation …1703 Eng. dial.
– BACK-DRAWING reluctance, objection, hesitation …1934 Amer. dial.
– BALANCE † subjective uncertainty; hesitation, wavering, doubt …1297
– DACKER † 1. uncertainty, a state of suspense or hesitation; also used of unsettled weather; a lull …1808 Sc.
2. a hesitating step …1923 Sc.
– HABBERGAW hesitation, suspense, objection …1808 Sc.
– HACK hesitation in speech …1660
– HAFFLE hesitation …1863 Eng. dial.
– HAFTING † subtle dealing, dodging, cavilling; holding off, hesitation, demur …1519
– HAIVER hesitation accompanied with a great fuss; a person who hesitates …Bk1902 Sc.
– HAIVERS n. hesitation accompanied with a great fuss; a person who hesitates …Bk1902 Sc.
– HANG-BACK hesitation; a hanging back …1898 Eng. dial.
– HANKER hesitation, doubt, regret …1862 Eng. dial.
– HAVERS hesitation accompanied with a great fuss; a person who hesitates …Bk1902 Sc.
– HIFFLE-HAFFLE hesitancy, prevarication …B1900 Eng. dial.
– IFING-AND-ANDING hesitation …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– IFING-AND-BUTTINGS invalid excuses; hesitation combined with unwillingness …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– MAMMERING † a state of doubt, hesitation, or perplexity …1532
– MAMMERY †* a state of doubt, hesitation, or perplexity; vacillation …1578
– MANK a moment’s uncertainty, a hesitation; a pother, a fuss, a to-do …1808 Sc.
– MIDGE-GO-MORRAH hesitation, doubt, excuse …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
– TARTLE † a hesitation in the recognition of a person or thing …1825 Sc.
– TAWEN † hesitation; reluctance …Bk1905 Sc.
– TITTERING hesitation, vacillation …c1374
– VACILLANCY * vacillation …1668
– VARY † a hesitation or vacillation …1739
hesitation – interjections
– HAW! utterance marking hesitation …1679
– HAW-HAW! an expression of hesitation uttered repeatedly in an affected tone …1834
– UMPH! expressive of hesitation, doubt, or dissatisfaction …a1568
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