Poems and Songs of Robert Burns: Terminology: H

Updated May 6, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
by Robert Burns


Ha', hall.
Ha' folk, the servants.
Haddin, holding, inheritance.
Hae, have.
Haet, a thing.
Haffet, hauffet, the temple, the side of the head.
Haffets, side-locks.
Hafflins, half, partly.
Hag, a moss, a broken bog.
Haggis, a special Scots pudding, made of sheep's lungs, liver and
onions and oatmeal, boiled in a sheep's stomach.
Hain, to spare, to save.
Hairst, har'st, harvest.
Haith, faith (an oath).
Haivers, v. havers.
Hal', hald, holding, possession.
Hale, hail, the whole.
Hale, health.
Hale, hail, whole, healthy.
Halesome, wholesome.
Hallan, a partition wall, a porch, outer door.
Halloween, All Saints' Eve (31st of October).
Hallowmas, All Saints' Day (1st of November).
Haly, holy.
Hame, home,
Han', haun, hand.
Han-darg, v. darg.
Hand-wal'd, hand-picked (i.e., choicest).
Hangie, hangman (nickname of the Devil).
Hansel, the first gift; earnest.
Hap, a wrap, a covering against cold.
Hap, to shelter.
Hap, to hop.
Happer, hopper (of a mill).
Hap-step-an'-lowp. hop-step-and-jump.
Harkit, hearkened.
Harn, coarse cloth.
Hash, an oaf.
Haslock woo, the wool on the neck of a sheep.
Haud, to hold, to keep.
Hauf, half.
Haughs, low-lying rich lands by a river.
Haun, v. han',
Haurl, to trail.
Hause, cuddle, embrace.
Haveril, hav'rel, one who talks nonsense.
Havers, nonsense.
Havins, manners, conduct.
Hawkie, a white-faced cow; a cow.
Heal, v. hale.
Healsome, v. halesome.
Hecht, to promise; threaten.
Heckle, a flax-comb.
Heels-o'er-gowdie, v. gowdie.
Heeze, to hoist.
Heich, heigh, high.
Hem-shin'd, crooked-shin'd.
Herd, a herd-boy.
Here awa, hereabout.
Herry, to harry.
Herryment, spoliation.
Hersel, herself.
Het, hot.
Heugh, a hollow or pit; a crag, a steep bank.
Heuk, a hook.
Hilch, to hobble.
Hiltie-skiltie, helter-skelter.
Himsel, himselfk
Hiney, hinny, honey.
Hing, to hang.
Hirple, to move unevenly; to limp.
Hissels, so many cattle as one person can attend (R. B.).
Histie, bare.
Hizzie, a hussy, a wench.
Hoast, cough.
Hoddin, the motion of a sage countryman riding on a cart-horse
(R. B.).
Hoddin-grey, coarse gray woolen.
Hoggie, dim. of hog; a lamb.
Hog-score, a line on the curling rink.
Hog-shouther, a kind of horse-play by jostling with the shoulder;
to jostle.
Hoodie-craw, the hooded crow, the carrion crow.
Hoodock, grasping, vulturish.
Hooked, caught.
Hool, the outer case, the sheath.
Hoolie, softly.
Hoord, hoard.
Hoordet, hoarded.
Horn, a horn spoon; a comb of horn.
Hornie, the Devil.
Host, v. hoast.
Hotch'd, jerked.
Houghmagandie, fornication.
Houlet, v. howlet.
Houpe, hope.
Hove, swell.
Howdie, howdy, a midwife.
Howe, hollow.
Howk, to dig.
Howlet, the owl.
Hoyse, a hoist.
Hoy't, urged (R. B.).
Hoyte, to amble crazily (R. B.).
Hughoc, dim. of Hugh.
Hullions, slovens.
Hunder, a hundred.
Hunkers, hams.
Hurcheon, the hedgehog.
Hurchin, urchin.
Hurdies, the loins, the crupper (R. B.) (i. e., the buttocks).
Hurl, to trundle.
Hushion, a footless stocking.
Hyte, furious.
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