Translation of "half" - English-German dictionary


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!’

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