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German translation of “half”


noun /haːf/ (plural halves /haːvz/)
one of two equal parts of anything
die Hälfte
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
die Halbzeit
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
He halved the apple.
to make half as great as before; to reduce by half
By going away early in the year, we nearly halved the cost of our holiday.
half-and-half adverb, adjective in equal parts
halb und halb
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.
der Läufer
half-brother nouns ( half-sister) a brother or sister by one parent only
der Halbbruder, die Halbschwester
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.
das Halbblut
half-hearted adjective not eager; done without enthusiasm
a half-hearted cheer/attempt.
half-heartedly adverb
half-heartedness noun
die Halbherzigkeit
half-holiday noun a part of a day (usually the afternoon) during which no work is done
freier Nachmittag
the school-children were given a half-holiday to celebrate the football team’s success.
half-hourly adjective, adverb done etc every half-hour
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
die Halbzeit, Halbzeit-…
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)
die Halbzeit
The players ate oranges at half-time.
half-way adjective, adverb of or at a point equally far from the beginning and the end
auf halbem Wege
We have reached the half-way point We are half-way through the work now.
half-wit noun a fool or idiot
der Dummkopf
That boy is a complete half-wit.
half-witted adjective foolish or idiotic.
a half-witted remark.
half-yearly adjective, adverb done etc every six months
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
der Halbmast
The flags are (flying) at half mast.
by half by a long way
bei weitem
He’s too clever by half.
do things by halves to do things in an incomplete way
etwas nur halb tun
He never does things by halves.
go halves with to share the cost with.
teilen mit
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
eine halbe Stunde nach
I’m leaving at half past six.
in half in(to) two equal parts
in zwei Hälften
He cut the cake in half My pencil broke in half.
not half a slang expression for very much
nicht schlecht
‘Are you enjoying yourself?’ ‘Not half!’
(Definition of half from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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