English dictionary


hi |haɪ| — an expression of greeting

hi-fi |ˈhaɪ faɪ| — equipment for the reproduction of sound with high fidelity

hiatus |haɪˈeɪtəs| — an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

hibernal |haɪˈbɜːrnl| — characteristic of or relating to winter

hibernate |ˈhaɪbərneɪt| — sleep during winter

hibernation |ˌhaɪbərˈneɪʃn| — the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter

Hibernian |haɪˈbɜːrniːən| — Of or pertaining to Ireland; Irish.

hibiscus |hɪˈbɪskəs| — any plant of the genus Hibiscus

hic |hɪk| — An approximation to the sound of a hiccup, used e.g. to indicate drunkenness.

hiccough |ˈhɪkʌp| — (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

hiccup |ˈhɪkʌp| — (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

hick |hɪk| — a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

hickey |ˈhɪkɪ| — a small inflamed elevation of the skin; a pustule or papule; common symptom in acne

hickory |ˈhɪkərɪ| — valuable tough heavy hardwood from various hickory trees

hid |hɪd| — simple past tense of hide

hidalgo |həˈdælˌɡəʊ| — A member of the Spanish nobility, especially one without a title.

hidden |ˈhɪdn| — not accessible to view

hide |haɪd| — the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)

hide-and-go-seek  — (US) hide and seek

hide-and-seek |ˌhaɪd n ˈsiːk| — a game in which a child covers his eyes while the other players hide then tries to find them

hide-away |ˈhaɪdəˌweɪ| —   To stash or store something in a secret location.

hide-out |ˈhaɪd aʊt| — A place to hide

hideaway |ˈhaɪdəweɪ| — a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws

hidebound |ˈhaɪdbaʊnd| — stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded

hideous |ˈhɪdɪəs| — grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

hideously |ˈhɪdɪəslɪ| — in a hideous manner

hideout |ˈhaɪdaʊt| — a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws

hiding |ˈhaɪdɪŋ| — the activity of keeping something secret

hiding-place |ˈhaɪdɪŋ pleɪs| — a place where something or someone may be safely hidden

hie |haɪ| — move hurridly

hierarch |ˈhaɪərɑːk| — a person who holds a high position in a hierarchy

hierarchical |ˌhaɪəˈrɑːrkɪkl| — classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers

hierarchically |ˌhaɪəˈrɑːrkɪkəlɪ| — in a hierarchical manner

hierarchy |ˈhaɪərɑːrkɪ| — a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system

hieratic |ˈhaɪərætɪk| — a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests

hieroglyph |ˈhaɪərəɡlɪf| — writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)

hieroglyphic |ˌhaɪərəˈɡlɪfɪk| — writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)

hieroglyphics |ˌhɑɪərəˈɡlɪfɪks| — plural form of hieroglyphic

higgle |ˈhɪɡəl| — wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)

higgledy-piggledy |ˌhɪɡldɪ ˈpɪɡldɪ| — in a disordered manner

higgler |ˈhɪɡlər| — (archaic) A person who trades in dairy, poultry, and small game animals.

high |haɪ| — a lofty level or position or degree

high-altitude  — occurring at or from a relative high altitude

high-blown |bləʊn| — (archaic) inflated, as with conceit

high-born |ˈhaɪbɔːn| — Alternative spelling of highborn.

high-class |ˈhaɪ klæs| — pretentiously elegant

high-end |haɪˈend| — Most sophisticated or expensive

high-energy  — providing a relatively large amount of energy upon undergoing a chemical reaction

high-fidelity |ˌhaɪ fɪˈdelɪtɪ| — characterized by minimal distortion in sound reproduction

high-flier |ˈflaɪər| — Alternative form of highflier.

high-flown |ˈhaɪˈfləʊn| — pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

high-flyer |ˈhaɪˌflaɪə| — Alternative form of highflier.

high-frequency |haɪ ˈfriːkwənsɪ| — (radio) The frequency area from 3 MHz through 30 MHz, commonly used for radio broadcasting.

high-grade |ˈhaɪ ɡreɪd| — surpassing in quality

high-handed |haɪ ˈhændɪd| — given to haughty disregard of others

high-handedly |haɪ ˈhændɪdlɪ| — in a domineering high-handed manner

high-handedness |ˈhændɪdnɪs| — overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

high-hat |ˈhaɪˈhæt| — disdainful; haughty

high-hearted |ˈhaɪˈhɑːtɪd| — Full of courage or nobleness.

high-level |ˈhaɪ levəl| — at an elevated level in rank or importance

high-minded |haɪ ˈmaɪndɪd| — of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

high-necked |haɪ ˈnekt| — (of a garment) having a high neckline

high-octane |haɪ ˈɒkteɪn| — used of gasoline; having a high octane number

high-performance  — modified to give superior performance

high-pitched |haɪ ˈpɪtʃt| — set at a sharp or high angle or slant

high-power  — vigorously energetic or forceful

high-powered |haɪ ˈpaʊəd| — vigorously energetic or forceful

high-pressure |ˈhɑɪˈpreʃər| — aggressively and persistently persuasive

high-priced |haɪ ˈpraɪst| — having a high price

high-priest  — A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.

high-profile |ˌhaɪˈprəʊfaɪl| — (rare) Alternative spelling of high-profile.

high-quality  — Of very good (high) quality.

high-ranking |haɪ ˈrænkɪŋ| — at an elevated level in rank or importance

high-resolution |ˌhaɪrezəˈluːʃən| — producing images that are sharp and finely detailed

high-rise |ˈhaɪ raɪz| — tower consisting of a multistoried building of offices or apartments

high-riser |ˈhaɪˈraɪzər| — A bed comprising a top frame and mattress and another that can be collapsed and stashed beneath the first.

high-risk |ˈhaɪrɪsk| — not financially safe or secure

high-road |ˈhaɪrəʊd| — (chiefly UK) A main road or highway.

high-scaler |ˈhaɪˈskeɪlə| — (US, historical) Any of the dam constructions workers who abseiled the canyon walls to prepare the surface for the concrete pour.

high-sounding |haɪ ˈsaʊndɪŋ| — pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

high-speed |ˈhaɪ spiːd| — operating at high speed

high-spirited |ˈhɑɪˈspɪrətɪd| — joyously unrestrained

high-strung |strʌŋ| — being in a tense state

high-tech |ˈhɑɪˈtek| — resembling or making use of highly advanced technology or devices

high-technology  — Any highly technical or specialized technological application or equipment, especially one that involves complex electronics or computing

high-toned |haɪ ˈtəʊnd| — pretentiously elegant

high-up |ˈhaɪ ʌp| — an important or influential (and often overbearing) person

high-yield |ˈhaɪˈjiːld| — yielding a large amount of agricultural or industrial production

highball |ˈhaɪbɔːl| — a mixed drink made of alcoholic liquor mixed with water or a carbonated beverage and served in a tall glass

highbinder |ˈhaɪˌbaɪndər| — a corrupt politician

highborn |ˈhaɪbɔːrn| — belonging to the peerage

highboy |ˈhaɪbɔɪ| — a tall chest of drawers divided into two sections and supported on four legs

highbred |ˈhaɪbɔːn| — Alternative form of high-bred.

highbrow |ˈhaɪbraʊ| — a person of intellectual or erudite tastes

higher |ˈhaɪər| — advanced in complexity or elaboration

higher-up |əp| — one of greater rank or station or quality

highest |ˈhaɪəst| — superlative form of high: most high

highfalutin |ˌhaɪfəˈluːtɪn| — affectedly genteel

highflier |ˈhaɪˌflaɪər| — a person of great ability and ambition

highflyer |haɪˈflaɪər| — a person of great ability and ambition

highhandedness  — The property of being highhanded.

highland |ˈhaɪlənd| — elevated (e.g., mountainous) land

Highlander |ˈhaɪˌlændər| — a soldier in a Scottish regiment from the Highlands

highlands |ˈhɑɪləndz| — a mountainous region of northern Scotland famous for its rugged beauty; known for the style of dress (the kilt and tartan) and the clan system (now in disuse)

highlight |ˈhaɪlaɪt| — the most interesting or memorable part

highlighter |ˈhaɪlaɪtər| — a cosmetic used to highlight the eyes or cheekbones

highlights |ˈhaɪˌlaɪts| — plural form of highlight

highly |ˈhaɪlɪ| — to a high degree or extent; favorably or with much respect

highness |ˈhaɪnəs| — (Your Highness or His Highness or Her Highness) title used to address a royal person

highroad |ˈhaɪrəʊd| — a highway

hight |ˈhaɪt| — (archaic) To call, name.

highway |ˈhaɪweɪ| — a major road for any form of motor transport

highwayman |ˈhaɪweɪmən| — a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it

hijab |hɪˈdʒɑːb| — a headscarf worn by Muslim women; conceals the hair and neck and usually has a face veil that covers the face

hijack |ˈhaɪdʒæk| — seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination

hijacker |ˈhaɪdʒækər| — a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it

hijacking |ˈhaɪdʒækɪŋ| — robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force

hike |haɪk| — a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure

hiker |ˈhaɪkər| — a foot traveler; someone who goes on an extended walk (for pleasure)

hiking |ˈhaɪkɪŋ| — a long walk usually for exercise or pleasure

hilarious |hɪˈlerɪəs| — marked by or causing boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter

hilarity |hɪˈlærətɪ| — great merriment

Hilary |ˈhɪlərɪ| — A male given name.

hill |hɪl| — a local and well-defined elevation of the land

hillbilly |ˈhɪlbɪlɪ| — a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person

hilling |ˈhɪlɪŋ| — The act or process of heaping or drawing earth around plants.

hillman |ˈhɪlˌmæn| — A native or inhabitant of hilly or mountainous country; a tribesman who lives in the mountains.

hillock |ˈhɪlək| — a small natural hill

hillside |ˈhɪlsaɪd| — the side or slope of a hill

hilltop |ˈhɪltɑːp| — the peak of a hill

hilly |ˈhɪlɪ| — having hills and crags

hilt |hɪlt| — the handle of a sword or dagger

hilus |ˈhaɪləs| — (anatomy) a depression or fissure where vessels or nerves or ducts enter a bodily organ

him |hɪm| — A masculine pronoun; he as a grammatical object.With dative effect or as an indirect object. [from 9th c.]

Himalayan |ˌhɪməˈleɪən| — of or relating to the Himalayas

himself |hɪmˈself| — The reflexive pronoun for God.

hind |haɪnd| — any of several mostly spotted fishes that resemble groupers

hinder |ˈhɪndər| — be a hindrance or obstacle to

hindering |ˈhɪndərɪŋ| — preventing movement

Hindi |ˈhɪndɪ| — the most widely spoken of modern Indic vernaculars; spoken mostly in the north of India; along with English it is the official language of India; usually written in Devanagari script

hindmost |ˈhaɪndməʊst| — located farthest to the rear

Hindoo |ˈhɪnduː| — a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India

hindquarters |ˌhaɪndˈkwɔːrtərz| — the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

hindrance |ˈhɪndrəns| — something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

hindsight |ˈhaɪndsaɪt| — understanding the nature of an event after it has happened

Hindu |ˈhɪnduː| — a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India

Hinduism |ˈhɪnduːɪzəm| — the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal

Hindustani |ˌhɪndʊˈstɑːnɪ| — a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India

hinge |hɪndʒ| — a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other

hint |hɪnt| — an indirect suggestion

hinterland |ˈhɪntərlænd| — a remote and undeveloped area

hip |hɪp| — either side of the body below the waist and above the thigh

hip-bone |ˈhɪpbəʊn| — (anatomy) One of the two bones that form the sides of the pelvis.

hip-roof |ˈhɪpruːf| — A roof formed from inclined, planar ends and sides, joined at their edges to form hips, the longer sides forming a ridge at the top

hipbone |ˈhɪpˈbəʊn| — large flaring bone forming one half of the pelvis; made up of the ilium and ischium and pubis

hipped |hɪpt| — having hips; or having hips as specified (usually in combination)

hippie |ˈhɪpɪ| — someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

hippo |ˈhɪpəʊ| — an ancient Numidian town in northwestern Africa adjoining present-day Annaba in northeastern Algeria

hippocampi |ˌhɪpəʊˈkæmpaɪ| — plural form of hippocampus

hippocampus |ˌhɪpəˈkæmpəs| — a complex neural structure (shaped like a sea horse) consisting of grey matter and located on the floor of each lateral ventricle; intimately involved in motivation and emotion as part of the limbic system; has a central role in the formation of memories

hippodrome |ˈhɪpədrəʊm| — a stadium for horse shows or horse races

hippopotami |ˌhɪpəˈpɒtəmaɪ| — plural form of hippopotamus

hippopotamus |ˌhɪpəˈpɑːtəməs| — massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa

hippy |ˈhɪpɪ| — someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

hipster |ˈhɪpstər| — someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

hircine |ˈhɜːsaɪn| — of or pertaining to or suggestive of a goat (especially in strong odor)

hire |ˈhaɪər| — a newly hired employee

hire out |ˈhaɪər ˈaʊt| — grant the services of or the temporary use of, for a fee

hire-purchase |ˈhaɪəˈpɜːtʃəs| — installment plan

hired |ˈhaɪərd| — having services engaged for a fee

hireling |ˈhaɪərlɪŋ| — a person who works only for money

hirer |hɪrer| — a person responsible for hiring workers

hiring |ˈhaɪrɪŋ| — Present participle of hire.

hirsute |ˈhɜːrsuːt| — having or covered with hair

his |hɪz| — Belonging to him. [from 8th c.]

Hispanic |hɪˈspænɪk| — an American whose first language is Spanish

hispid |ˈhɪspɪd| — (of animals or plants) having stiff coarse hairs or bristles

hiss |hɪs| — a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)

hissing |ˈhɪsɪŋ| — a fricative sound (especially as an expression of disapproval)

hist |hɪst| — (UK) history, mainly used by schoolchildren.

histiology |ˌhɪstɪˈɒlədʒɪ| — (dated) histology

histogram |ˈhɪstəɡræm| — a bar chart representing a frequency distribution; heights of the bars represent observed frequencies

histologic  — of or relating to histology

histological |ˌhɪstəˈlɒdʒɪkəl| — of or relating to histology

histologically |hɪstəˈlɒdʒɪklɪ| — involving the use of histology or histological techniques

histology |hɪˈstɑːlədʒɪ| — the branch of biology that studies the microscopic structure of animal or plant tissues

historian |hɪˈstɔːrɪən| — a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it

historic |hɪˈstɔːrɪk| — belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past

historical |hɪˈstɔːrɪkl| — having once lived or existed or taken place in the real world as distinct from being legendary

historically |hɪˈstɔːrɪklɪ| — throughout history

historicism |hɪˈstɔːrɪsɪzəm| — a theory that social and cultural events are determined by history

historicity |hɪstəˈrɪsɪtiː| — The characteristic of having existed in history.

historiographer |hɪˌstɔːriːˈɑːɡrəfər| — a person who is an authority on history and who studies it and writes about it

historiographic  — Relating to the writing of history.

historiography |hɪˌstɔːrɪˈɑːɡrəfɪ| — a body of historical literature

history |ˈhɪstrɪ| — the aggregate of past events

histrionic |ˌhɪstrɪˈɑːnɪk| — characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected

histrionical  — (UK) Alternative form of histrionic.

histrionics |ˌhɪstrɪˈɑnɪks| — a performance of a play

hit |hɪt| — (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)

hit-and-miss |ˌhɪtənˈmɪs| — inconsistent, unpredictable, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing

hit-and-run |ˈhɪtənˈrʌn| — designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape

hit-or-miss |ˈhɪtərˈmɪs| — dependent upon or characterized by chance

hitch |hɪtʃ| — a period of time spent in military service

hitch-hike |ˈhɪtʃhaɪk| — Alternative spelling of hitchhike.

hitched |ˈhɪtʃt| — simple past tense and past participle of hitch

hitchhike |ˈhɪtʃˌhɑɪk| — travel by getting free rides from motorists

hither |ˈhɪðər| — to this place (especially toward the speaker)

hitherto |ˌhɪðərˈtuː| — used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time

hitherward |ˈhɪðəwəd| — (archaic) Toward this place

hitherwards  — (archaic) Toward this place.

hitman |ˈhɪtmæn| — a professional killer who uses a gun

hitter |ˈhɪtər| — (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

hive |haɪv| — a teeming multitude

hiver  — One who collects bees into a hive.

hives |ˈhaɪvz| — an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs

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