Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Haffle (hăf"f'l) intransitive verb [ Confer German haften to cling, stick to, Prov. G., to stop, stammer.] To stammer; to speak unintelligibly; to prevaricate. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
[ Anglo-Saxon hæft
; akin to D. & German heft
, Icelandic hepti
, and to English heave
, or have
. Confer Heft
.] 1. A handle; that part of an instrument or vessel taken into the hand, and by which it is held and used; -- said chiefly of a knife, sword, or dagger; the hilt.
This brandish'd dagger Dryden. 2. A dwelling.
I'll bury to the haft in her fair breast.
[ Scot.] Jamieson.
Haft transitive verb To set in, or furnish with, a haft; as, to haft a dagger.
Hafter (-ẽr) noun [ Confer German haften to cling or stick to, and English haffle .] A caviler; a wrangler. [ Obsolete] Baret.
Hag (hăg) noun [ Middle English hagge , hegge , witch, hag, Anglo-Saxon hægtesse ; akin to Old High German hagazussa , German hexe , Dutch heks , Danish hex , Swedish häxa . The first part of the word is probably the same as English haw , hedge , and the orig. meaning was perhaps , wood woman, wild woman. √12.] Hag moth (Zoology) , a moth ( Phobetron pithecium ), the larva of which has curious side appendages, and feeds on fruit trees. -- Hag's tooth (Nautical) , an ugly irregularity in the pattern of matting or pointing.
1. A witch, sorceress, or enchantress; also, a wizard. [ Obsolete] "[ Silenus] that old hag ." Golding. 2. An ugly old woman. Dryden. 3. A fury; a she-monster. Crashaw. 4. (Zoology) An eel-like marine marsipobranch ( Myxine glutinosa ), allied to the lamprey. It has a suctorial mouth, with labial appendages, and a single pair of gill openings. It is the type of the order Hyperotreta. Called also hagfish , borer , slime eel , sucker , and sleepmarken . 5. (Zoology) The hagdon or shearwater. 6. An appearance of light and fire on a horse's mane or a man's hair. Blount.
Hag transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hagged
(hăgd); present participle & verbal noun Hagging
.] To harass; to weary with vexation.
How are superstitious men hagged out of their wits with the fancy of omens. L'Estrange.
[ Scot. hag
to cut; confer English hack
.] 1. A small wood, or part of a wood or copse, which is marked off or inclosed for felling, or which has been felled.
This said, he led me over hoults and hags ; Fairfax. 2. A quagmire; mossy ground where peat or turf has been cut. Dugdale.
Through thorns and bushes scant my legs I drew.
Hagberry (hăg"bĕr`rȳ) noun (Botany) A plant of the genus Prunus ( P. Padus ); the bird cherry. [ Scot.]
Hagborn (-bôrn`) adjective Born of a hag or witch. Shak.
[ Old French haquebute
, probably a corruption of Dutch haakbus
hook + bus
gun barrel. See Hook
, and 2d Box
, and confer Arquebus
.] A harquebus, of which the but was bent down or hooked for convenience in taking aim.
[ Written also haguebut
Hagbutter (hăg"bŭt*tẽr) noun A soldier armed with a hagbut or arquebus. [ Written also hackbutter .] Froude.
(hăg"dŏn) noun (Zoology) One of several species of sea birds of the genus Puffinus ; esp., P. major , the greater shearwarter, and P. Stricklandi , the black hagdon or sooty shearwater; -- called also hagdown , haglin , and hag . See Shearwater .
(- fĭsh`), noun (Zoology) See Hag , 4.
; plural Haggadoth
(- dōth). [ Rabbinic haggādhā
, from Hebrew higgīdh
to relate.] A story, anecdote, or legend in the Talmud, to explain or illustrate the text of the Old Testament.
[ Written also hagada
[ French hagard
; of German origin, and prop. meaning, of the hegde or woods, wild, untamed. See Hedge
, 1st Haw
, and - ard
.] 1. Wild or intractable; disposed to break away from duty; untamed; as, a haggard or refractory hawk.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 2.
[ For hagged
, from hag
a witch, influenced by haggard
wild.] Having the expression of one wasted by want or suffering; hollow-eyed; having the features distorted or wasted by pain; wild and wasted, or anxious in appearance; as, haggard features, eyes.
Staring his eyes, and haggard was his look. Dryden.
[ See Haggard
] 1. (Falconry) A young or untrained hawk or falcon. 2. A fierce, intractable creature.
I have loved this proud disdainful haggard . Shak. 3.
[ See Haggard
, 2.] A hag.
[ Obsolete] Garth.
[ See 1st Haw
, and Yard
an inclosed space.] A stackyard.
[ Prov. Eng.] Swift.
Haggardly adverb In a haggard manner. Dryden.
Hagged (-gĕd) adjective Like a hag; lean; ugly. [ R.]
Haggis (-gĭs) noun [ Scot. hag to hack, chop, English hack . Formed, perhaps, in imitation of the French hachis (E. hash ), from hacher .] A Scotch pudding made of the heart, liver, lights, etc., of a sheep or lamb, minced with suet, onions, oatmeal, etc., highly seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the same animal; minced head and pluck. [ Written also haggiss , haggess , and haggies .]
(-gĭsh) adjective Like a hag; ugly; wrinkled.
But on us both did haggish age steal on. Shak.
Haggishly adverb In the manner of a hag.
(hăg"g'l) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Haggled
(-g'ld); present participle & verbal noun Haggling
(-glĭng).] [ Freq. of Scot. hag
, English hack
. See Hack
to cut.] To cut roughly or hack; to cut into small pieces; to notch or cut in an unskillful manner; to make rough or mangle by cutting; as, a boy haggles a stick of wood.
Suffolk first died, and York, all haggled o'er, Shak.
Comes to him, where in gore he lay insteeped.
Haggle intransitive verb To be difficult in bargaining; to stick at small matters; to chaffer; to higgle.
Royalty and science never haggled about the value of blood. Walpole.
Haggle noun The act or process of haggling. Carlyle.
Haggler (hăg"glẽr) noun
1. One who haggles or is difficult in bargaining. 2. One who forestalls a market; a middleman between producer and dealer in London vegetable markets.
Hagiarchy (hā"jĭ*är`kȳ) noun [ Greek "a`gios sacred, holy + - archy .] A sacred government; government by holy orders of men. Southey.