Translation of "half" - English-French dictionary


noun /haːf/ (plural halves /haːvz/)

one of two equal parts of anything

moitié, demi
He tried to stick the two halves together again
half a kilo of sugar
a kilo and a half of sugar
one and a half kilos of sugar.

one of two equal parts of a game (eg in football, hockey) usually with a break between them

Rangers scored three goals in the first half.

a half-dozen
a half-kilo of tea.
halve /haːv/ verb

to divide (something) into two equal parts

couper en deux
He halved the apple.

to make half as great as before; to reduce by half

diminuer de moitié
By going away early in the year, we nearly halved the cost of our holiday.
half-and-half adverb, adjective

in equal parts

We can split the costs between us half-and-half.
halfback noun

in football, hockey etc, (a player in) a position directly behind the forwards.

half-brother nouns ( half-sister)

a brother or sister by one parent only

demi-frère, demi-soeur
My father has been married twice, and I have two half-brothers.
half-caste noun

an offensive word for a person whose father and mother are of different races, especially white and black.

métis, isse
half-hearted adjective

not eager; done without enthusiasm

sans enthousiasme
a half-hearted cheer/attempt.
half-heartedly adverb

sans conviction
half-heartedness noun

half-holiday noun

a part of a day (usually the afternoon) during which no work is done

the school-children were given a half-holiday to celebrate the football team’s success.
half-hourly adjective, adverb

done etc every half-hour

toutes les demi-heures
The trains depart at half-hourly intervals
The buses to town run half-hourly.
half-term noun

(the period when students are given) a holiday about the middle of a term

congé de mi-trimestre
We get a week’s holiday at half-term
(also adjective) a half-term holiday.
half-time noun

a short rest between two halves of a game (of football etc)

The players ate oranges at half-time.
half-way adjective, adverb

of or at a point equally far from the beginning and the end

à mi-chemin
We have reached the half-way point
We are half-way through the work now.
half-wit noun

a fool or idiot

idiot, idiote
That boy is a complete half-wit.
half-witted adjective

foolish or idiotic.

simple d’esprit
a half-witted remark.
half-yearly adjective, adverb

done etc every six months

semestriel; semestriellement
a half-yearly report
We balance our accounts half-yearly.
at half mast

(of flags) flying at a position half-way up a mast etc to show that someone of importance has died

en berne
The flags are (flying) at half mast.
by half

by a long way

beaucoup trop
He’s too clever by half.
do things by halves

to do things in an incomplete way

faire les choses à moitié
He never does things by halves.
go halves with

to share the cost with.

partager également
I went halves with Ian to pay for the taxi.
half past three/four/seven etc (American half after three etc)

at thirty minutes past the hour stated

et demie
I’m leaving at half past six.
in half

in(to) two equal parts

en deux
He cut the cake in half
My pencil broke in half.
not half

a slang expression for very much

tu parles!
‘Are you enjoying yourself?’ ‘Not half!’

(Translation of “half” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)