Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Hub"bub (?), n. [Cf. Whoobub, Whoop, Hoop, v. i.] A loud noise of many confused voices; a tumult; uproar. Milton.
This hubbub of unmeaning words. Macaulay.


Hub"by (?), a. Full of hubs or protuberances; as, a road that has been frozen while muddy is hubby. [U.S.]


H\'81b"ner (?), n. [After H\'81bner, who analyzed it.] (Min.) A mineral of brownish black color, occurring in columnar or foliated masses. It is native manganese tungstate.

Huch, Huchen

Huch (?), Hu"chen (?), n. [G.] (Zoöl.) A large salmon (Salmo, ∨ Salvelinus, hucho) inhabiting the Danube; -- called also huso, and bull trout.


Huck (?), v. i. [See Hawk to offer for sale, Huckster.] To higgle in trading. [Obs.] Holland.


Huck"a*back (?), n. [Perh. orig., peddler's wares; cf. LG. hukkebak pickback. Cf. Huckster.] A kind of linen cloth with raised figures, used for towelings.


Huc"kle (?), n. [Perh. dim. of Prov. E. hucka hook, and so named from its round shape. See Hook.]

1. The hip; the haunch.

2. A bunch or part projecting like the hip. Huckle bone. (a) The hip bone; the innominate bone. (b) A small bone of the ankle; astragalus. [R.] Udall.


Huc"kle-backed` (?), a. Round-shoulded.


Huc"kle*ber`ry (?), n. [Cf. Whortleberry.] (Bot.) (a) The edible black or dark blue fruit of several species of the American genus Gaylussacia, shrubs nearly related to the blueberries (Vaccinium), and formerly confused with them. The commonest huckelberry comes from G. resinosa. (b) The shrub that bears the berries. Called also whortleberry. Squaw huckleberry. See Deeberry.


Huck"ster (?), n. [OE. hukstere, hukster, OD. heukster, D. heuker; akin to D. huiken to stoop, bend, OD. huycken, huken, G. hocken, to squat, Icel. hka; -- the peddler being named from his stooping under the load on his back. Cf. Hawk to offer for sale.]

1. A retailer of small articles, of provisions, and the like; a peddler; a hawker. Swift.

2. A mean, trickish fellow. Bp. Hall.


Huck"ster, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Huckstered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Huckstering.] To deal in small articles, or in petty bargains. Swift.


Huck"ster*age (?), n. The business of a huckster; small dealing; peddling.
Ignoble huckster age of piddling tithes. Milton.


Huck"ster*er (?), n. A huckster. Gladstone.
Those hucksterers or money-jobbers. Swift.


Huck"stress (?), n. A female huckster.


Hud (?), n. [Cf. Hood a covering.] A huck or hull, as of a nut. [Prov. Eng.] Wright.


Hud"dle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Huddled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Huddling (?).] [Cf. OE. hoderen, hodren, to cover, keep, warm; perh. akin to OE. huden, hiden, to hide, E. hide, and orig. meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Cf. Hide to conceal.] To press together promiscuously, from confusion, apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.
The cattle huddled on the lea. Tennyson.
Huddling together on the public square . . . like a herd of panic-struck deer. Prescott.


Hud"dle, v. t.

1. To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system.

Our adversary, huddling several suppositions together, . . . makes a medley and confusion. Locke.

2. To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do imperfectly; -- usually with a following preposition or adverb; as, to huddle on; to huddle up; to huddle together. Huddle up a peace." J. H. Newman.

Let him forescat his work with timely care, Which else is huddled when the skies are fair. Dryden.
Now, in all haste, they huddle on Their hoods, their cloaks, and get them gone. Swift.


Hud"dle, n. A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion. A huddle of ideas." Addison.


Hud"dler (?), n. One who huddles things together.


Hudge (?), n. (Mining) An iron bucket for hoisting coal or ore. Raymond.


Hu`di*bras"tic (?), a. Similar to, or in the style of, the poem Hudibras," by Samuel Butler; in the style of doggerel verse. Macaulay.


Hud*so"ni*an (?), a. Of or pertaining to Hudson's Bay or to the Hudson River; as, the Hudsonian curlew.


Hue (?), n. [OE. hew, heow, color, shape, form, AS. hiw, heow; akin to Sw. hy skin, complexion, Goth. hiwi form, appearance.]

1. Color or shade of color; tint; dye. Flowers of all hue." Milton.

Hues of the rich unfolding morn. Keble.

2. (Painting) A predominant shade in a composition of primary colors; a primary color modified by combination with others.


Hue, n. [OE. hue, huer, to hoot, shout, prob. fr. OF. hu an exclamation.] A shouting or vociferation. Hue and cry (Law), a loud outcry with which felons were anciently pursued, and which all who heard it were obliged to take up, joining in the pursuit till the malefactor was taken; in later usage, a written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring all persons to aid in retaking him. Burrill.


Hued (?), a. Having color; -- usually in composition; as, bright-hued; many-hued. Chaucer.


Hue"less (?), a. [AS. hiwleás. See Hue color.] Destitute of color. Hudibras.


Hu"er (?), n. One who cries out or gives an alarm; specifically, a balker; a conder. See Balker.


Huff (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Huffed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Huffing.] [Cf. OE. hoove to puff up, blow; prob. of imitative origin.]

1. To swell; to enlarge; to puff up; as, huffed up with air. Grew.

2. To treat with insolence and arrogance; to chide or rebuke with insolence; to hector; to bully.

You must not presume to huff us. Echard.

3. (Draughts) To remove from the board (the piece which could have captured an opposing piece). See Huff, v. i., 3.


Huff, v. i.

1. To enlarge; to swell up; as, bread huffs.

2. To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense.

THis senseless arrogant conceit of theirs made them huff at the doctrine of repentance. South.

3. (Draughts) To remove from the board a man which could have captured a piece but has not done so; -- so called because it was the habit to blow upon the piece.


Huff, n.

1. A swell of sudden anger or arrogance; a fit of disappointment and petulance or anger; a rage. Left the place in a huff." W. Irving.

2. A boaster; one swelled with a false opinion of his own value or importance.

Lewd, shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge . . . of wit. South.
To take huff, to take offence. Cowper.


Huff"cap` (?), n. A blusterer; a bully. [Obs.] -- a. Blustering; swaggering. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.


Huff"er (?), n. A bully; a blusterer. Hudibras.


Huff"i*ness (?), n. The state of being huffish; petulance; bad temper. Ld. Lytton.


Huff"ing*ly, adv. Blusteringly; arrogantly. [R.]
And huffingly doth this bonny Scot ride. Old Ballad.


Huff"ish, a. Disposed to be blustering or arrogant; petulant. -- Huff"ish*ly, adv. -- Huff"ish*ness, n.


Huff"y (?), a.

1. Puffed up; as, huffy bread.

2. Characterized by arrogance or petulance; easily offended.


Hug (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hugged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hugging.] [Prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. sidde paa huk to squat, Sw. huka sig to squat, Icel. hka. Cf. Huckster.]

1. To cower; to crouch; to curl up. [Obs.] Palsgrave.

2. To crowd together; to cuddle. [Obs.] Shak.


Hug, v. t.

1. To press closely within the arms; to clasp to the bosom; to embrace. And huggen me in his arms." Shak.

2. To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.

We hug deformities if they bear our names. Glanvill.

3. (Naut.) To keep close to; as, to hug the land; to hug the wind. To hug one's self, to congratulate one's self; to chuckle.


Hug, n. A close embrace or clasping with the arms, as in affection or in wrestling. Fuller.


Huge (?), a. [Compar. Huger (?); superl. Hugest (?).] [OE. huge, hoge, OF. ahuge, ahoge.] Very large; enormous; immense; excessive; -- used esp. of material bulk, but often of qualities, extent, etc.; as, a huge ox; a huge space; a huge difference. The huge confusion." Chapman. A huge filly." Jer. Taylor. -- Huge"ly, adv. -- Huge"ness, n.
Doth it not flow as hugely as the sea. Shak.
Syn. -- Enormous; gigantic; colossal; immense; prodigious; vast.


Hug"ger (?), n. One who hugs or embraces.


Hug"ger, v. t. & i. To conceal; to lurk ambush. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.


Hug"ger-mug`ger (?), n. [Scot. huggrie-muggrie; Prov. E. hugger to lie in ambush, mug mist, muggard sullen.] Privacy; secrecy. Commonly in the phrase in hugger-mugger, with haste and secrecy. [Archaic]
Many things have been done in hugger-mugger. Fuller.


Hug"ger-mug`ger, a.

1. Secret; clandestine; sly.

2. Confused; disorderly; slovenly; mean; as, hugger-mugger doings.


Hug"gle (?), v. t. [Freq. of hug.] To hug. [Obs.]


Hu"gue*not (?), n. [F., properly a dim. of Hugues. The name is probably derived from the Christian name (Huguenot) of some person conspicuous as a reformer.] (Eccl. Hist.) A French Protestant of the period of the religious wars in France in the 16th century.


Hu"gue*not*ism (?), n. [Cf. F. huguenotisme.] The religion of the Huguenots in France.


Hu"gy (?), a. Vast. [Obs.] Dryden.

Huia bird

Hu"ia bird` (?). [Native name; -- so called from its cry.] (Zoöl.) A New Zealand starling (Heteralocha acutirostris), remarkable for the great difference in the form and length of the bill in the two sexes, that of the male being sharp and straight, that of the female much longer and strongly curved.


Hui"sher (?), n. [Obs.] See Usher. B. Jonson.


Hui"sher, v. t. To usher. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.


Huke (?), n. [OF. huque, LL. huca; cf. D. huik.] An outer garment worn in Europe in the Middle Ages. [Written also heuk and hyke.] [Obs.] Bacon.


Hu"lan (?), n. See Uhlan.


Hulch (?), n. [Cf. Hunch.] A hunch. [Obs.]


Hulch"y (?), a. Swollen; gibbous. [Obs.]


Hulk (?), n. [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho; perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. , prop., a ship which is towed, fr. to draw, drag, tow. Cf. Wolf, Holcad.]

1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. Some well-timbered hulk." Spenser.

2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. Skeat.

3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. Shak. Shear hulk, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or take out the masts of a ship. -- The hulks, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as prisons. [Eng.] Dickens.


Hulk (?), v. t. [Cf. MLG. holken to hollow out, Sw. hålka.] To take out the entrails of; to disembowel; as, to hulk a hare. [R.] Beau. & Fl.

Hulking, Hulky

Hulk"ing, Hulk"y (?), a. Bulky; unwiedly. [R.] A huge hulking fellow." H. Brooke.


Hull (?), n. [OE. hul, hol, shell, husk, AS. hulu; akin to G. h\'81lle covering, husk, case, h\'81llen to cover, Goth. huljan to cover, AS. helan to hele, conceal. &root;17. See Hele, v. t., Hell.]

1. The outer covering of anything, particularly of a nut or of grain; the outer skin of a kernel; the husk.

2. [In this sense perh. influenced by D. hol hold of a ship, E. hold.] (Naut.) The frame or body of a vessel, exclusive of her masts, yards, sails, and rigging.

Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light. Dryden.
Hull down, said of a ship so distant that her hull is concealed by the convexity of the sea.


Hull, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hulled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hulling.]

1. To strip off or separate the hull or hulls of; to free from integument; as, to hull corn.

2. To pierce the hull of, as a ship, with a cannon ball.


Hull, v. i. To toss or drive on the water, like the hull of a ship without sails. [Obs.] Shak. Milton.


Hul`la*ba*loo" (?), n. [Perh. a corruption of hurly-burly.] A confused noise; uproar; tumult. [Colloq.] Thackeray.


Hulled (?), a. Deprived of the hulls. Hulled corn, kernels of maize prepared for food by removing the hulls.


Hull"er (?), n. One who, or that which, hulls; especially, an agricultural machine for removing the hulls from grain; a hulling machine.


Hul*lo" (?), interj. See Hollo.


Hull"y (?), a. Having or containing hulls.


Hu"lo*ist (?), n. See Hyloist.


Hu"lo*the*ism (?), n. See Hylotheism.


Hul"ver (?), n. [OE. hulfere; prob. akin to E. holly.] Holly, an evergreen shrub or tree.


Hum (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hummed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Humming (?).] [Of imitative origin; cf. G. hummen, D. hommelen. &root;15.]

1. To make a low, prolonged sound, like that of a bee in flight; to drone; to murmur; to buzz; as, a top hums. P. Fletcher.

Still humming on, their drowsy course they keep. Pope.

2. To make a nasal sound, like that of the letter m prolonged, without opening the mouth, or articulating; to mumble in monotonous undertone; to drone.

The cloudy messenger turns me his back, And hums. Shak.

3. [Cf. Hum, interj.] To make an inarticulate sound, like h'm, through the nose in the process of speaking, from embarrassment or a affectation; to hem.

4. To express satisfaction by a humming noise.

Here the spectators hummed. Trial of the Regicides.
&hand; Formerly the habit of audiences was to express gratification by humming and displeasure by hissing.

5. To have the sensation of a humming noise; as, my head hums, -- a pathological condition.


Hum, v. t.

1. To sing with shut mouth; to murmur without articulation; to mumble; as, to hum a tune.

2. To express satisfaction with by humming.

3. To flatter by approving; to cajole; to impose on; to humbug. [Colloq. & Low]


Hum, n.

1. A low monotonous noise, as of bees in flight, of a swiftly revolving top, of a wheel, or the like; a drone; a buzz.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums. Shak.

2. Any inarticulate and buzzing sound; as: (a) The confused noise of a crowd or of machinery, etc., heard at a distance; as, the hum of industry.

But 'midst the crowd, the hum, the shock of men. Byron.
(b) A buzz or murmur, as of approbation. Macaulay.

3. An imposition or hoax.

4. [Cf. Hem, interj.] An inarticulate nasal sound or murmur, like h'm, uttered by a speaker in pause from embarrassment, affectation, etc.

THese shrugs, these hums and ha's. Shak.

5. [Perh. so called because strongly intoxicating.] A kind of strong drink formerly used. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl. Venous hum. See under Venous.


Hum, interj. [Cf. Hem, interj.] Ahem; hem; an inarticulate sound uttered in a pause of speech implying doubt and deliberation. Pope.


Hu"man (?), a. [L. humanus; akin to homo man: cf. F. humain. See Homage, and cf. Humane, Omber.] Belonging to man or mankind; having the qualities or attributes of a man; of or pertaining to man or to the race of man; as, a human voice; human shape; human nature; human sacrifices.
To err is human; to forgive, divine. Pope.


Hu"man, n. A human being. [Colloq.]
Sprung of humans that inhabit earth. Chapman.
We humans often find ourselves in strange position. Prof. Wilson.


Hu"man*ate (?), a. [LL. humanatus.] Indued with humanity. [Obs.] Cranmer.


Hu*mane" (?), a. [L. humanus: cf. F. humain. See Human.]

1. Pertaining to man; human. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.

2. Having the feelings and inclinations creditable to man; having a disposition to treat other human beings or animals with kindness; kind; benevolent.

Of an exceeding courteous and humane inclination. Sportswood.

3. Humanizing; exalting; tending to refine. Syn. -- Kind; sympathizing; benevolent; mild; compassionate; gentle; tender; merciful. -- Hu*mane"ly, adv. -- Hu*mane"ness, n.