Thursday, December 14

Quick Vocabulary: H

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Hackles

The hairs/feathers at the back of an animal/a bird that rise when it’s frightened or about to fight

Hackneyed

Phrase or idea, that is boring, usually because it has been used too often

Haggard

Looking tired or ill, often having black skin under the eyes

Haggle

Negotiate prices usually by arguing

Halcyon days

A very happy or successful period in the past

Hale and hearty

(especially of old people) strong and healthy

Hallowed

Holy; Very respected and praised because of importance or age

Hallucinate

(usually due to drug abuse) To see, hear or feel something that doesn’t exist  

Halting

Hesitant and stopping often, usually due to nervousness

Hamper

Obstruct; A container with a lid

Haphazard

Random; not having a plan or order

Hapless

Unlucky and usually unhappy

Harangue

To speak in an angry or forceful way, usually to persuade someone

Harass

To continue to annoy or upset someone over a period of time

Harbinger

Someone or something showing that something, especially something bad, is going to happen

Harbor

An area near the coast where boats, ships can shelter; To have a thought or feeling in mind for a long period; To hide and protect something/someone bad, especially a criminal

Hardy

Strong enough to survive extreme conditions

Harp on

To talk or complain about something repeatedly

Harrow

To break earth in small pieces before cultivation; plow

Harry

To make someone anxious or angry by repeatedly asking something from him

Hatch

To cause a young animal to come out from egg; to make a plan often secretly; a cover for the opening through wall, floor etc

Haughty

Unfriendly and arrogant

Hazy

Not very clear

Headlong

With great speed without much consideration or preparation; With head going first

Headstrong

Stubborn; very determined and not listening to others

Heckle

To interrupt public performance with loud unfriendly statements

Hedonism

Belief that the most important thing in life is pleasure

Heedless

Not paying any attention to a risk or possible difficulty

Hegemony

Being the strongest and more powerful so that it can control others

Heinous

Very bad and shocking

Herbivore

An animal that eats only plants

Heresy

Having a thought or belief that is opposite to official, traditional or popular belief, showing that you have no respect for it

Heretic

One who does heresy

Hermetic

Airtight; a group of people who rarely communicate with people from outside that group

Hermitage

A place where religious people live in seclusion

Herpetologist

A person who studies reptiles

Heterodox

A belief or activity that is opposite to what’s generally accepted

Heterogeneous

Consisting of parts that are different from each other

Hew

To cut a large piece out of rock, stone with another hard material in a rough way

Heyday

The most successful period

Hiatus

A short pause where no activities take place

Hibernate

To spend the winter sleeping

Hieroglyphics

A language where pictures are used instead of alphabets

Hierarchy

A system where people or things are arranged according to their importance

Hilarity

Laughing loudly

Hindmost

Furthest behind

Hindrance

Difficulty

Hinterland

The land behind the coast or beyond the banks of a river; Area of a country that is far away from cities

Hireling

Person hired, especially to do something unpleasant or unpopular

Hirsute

Having a lot of hair

Histrionic

Very emotional and energetic, but lacking sincerity or real meaning

Hoard

To collect a large amount of money and keep it in a safe secret place

Hoary

Very old and grey-haired

Hoax

Deception; Trickery; Telling the police that there is a bomb somewhere when there is not one

Holocaust

Destruction or killing in a large amount, especially by fire

Holster

A leather case used for carrying guns

Homage

Deep respect and praise

Homespun

A belief or theory that is simple and ordinary

Homily

Written instruction on behavior

Homogeneous

Consisting or parts that are similar to each other

Hone

Sharpen an object; Making something completely suitable for purpose

Hoodwink

Deceive or trick someone

Horde

A large group of people

Hortatory

Encouraging or praising

Horticulture

Gardening or study of gardens

Hovel

A small home which is dirty and in bad condition

Hover

To stay in one place or at a particular level

Hubbub

Loud noise, especially by several people talking at the same time

Hubris

Excessive pride and confidence in yourself; self conceit

Hue

Color; a different type or group

Hue and cry

A noisy expression of disapproval

Humane

Showing kindness and sympathy

Humdrum

Dull and ordinary; lacking excitement

Humility

Being humble

Hummock

A small hill

Humus

Dark earth made of decayed plants

Hurtle

To move very fast

Husbandry

Careful use of money, food etc

Hybrid

Mixed breed

Hydrophobia

Rabies; Great fear in water

Hyperbole

Make someone or something appear bigger, better etc; Exaggerate

Hypercritical

Extremely critical

Hypochondriac

Someone who unnecessarily worries about his health

Hypocritical

Pretending to be virtuous

Hypothetical

Imagined or suggested, but not necessarily real

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