Fews Glossary H

Hag old, depraved woman; to chop or cut
Hagging-block where meat is chopped
Haggard stack yard

Hake   rob an orchard
Hallion abusive term for unattractive person, usually woman
Hanch  snap
At Hand close by
A hand’s turn the smallest item of work
To my hand  convenient
A bad hand at unskilled
Hamsel first use of anything
Haveral coarse, silly
Hap  to cover or clothe
Well-happed well clad
Happed with a spade buried
HARD hardy morning frosty morning
 Hard of hearing deaf
 Hard man difficult/close-fisted/paramilitary
 Hard tack strong drink
 Hard hat bowler hat, by extension an Orangeman
 Hard word negative assessment
 Hard-used badly-used
Hairy[harey] cunning, evasive tactics, like a hare: scary a hairy experience
Harl a lump
Harn harden
Harem-scarem wild
Hash slash
Hate 1. quantity ‘put a hate o’ salt in the broth’
 2. bit ‘divil a hate I care’
 3. ‘not a hate to his story’, it’s untrue
 4. heat, ‘the birds’ tongues were hangin’ out wi’ the hate’
Head 1. headway, ‘making no head with his lessons’
 2. ‘not a word out o’ yer head!’, be silent
 3. ‘he’d ate yer head off’, he would shout loud at you
 4. ‘over the head of’, because, i.e. ‘it’s all over the head of you’
 5. ‘good heads’, clever people
Head-rig ridge where the plough-horse turns
Heart-scalded very seriously troubled by
Hear-tell I heard it said, ‘I hear-tell he’s for moving’
Heartening encouragement, ‘a sunny day’s a heartenin’ in the hay field’
Heartsome cheerful
Heavy charge weighty burden
Heavy-han’-ful troublesome, ‘the boy’s a heavy-han’-ful’
Heavy on the leather walks unevenly, wears out shoes frequently
Heavy-headed stupid
Heavy-handed footery, physically inept
Hector bully   [also well-loved 60s Newry market-trader!]
Hedge  conceal, dodge, ‘he can hedge, all right!’
Heel-in place plant temporarily in the soil
A light heel a good dancer
Heel  upend a cart
Heel-end the very end, ‘at the heel-end of the evening’
Heels foremost as corpse carried from house, ‘he won’t budge again until he’ll go out heels-foremost’
Het heat, pickle, ‘he was in a great het over it’
Helter-skelter disorder
Hinch  thigh
Hilt-nor-hare  sign nor light, ‘I saw neither hilt nor hare o’ them’
Himself [as in ‘not’] ‘he’s not himself at all’, he’s feeling unwell
Himself [ as in ‘full of’] ‘he’s full of himself’, conceited
Hipple  limp
Hirple  to walk with difficulty
Hit  catch, ‘unless he puts his best fut for’ard he’ll not hit the bus’
Hobble trouble, ‘she’s in a quare hobble’
Hoke  to hollow out, excavate, search for, ‘hoke it out, will ye?’
Holm  sheltered land
Home  grave, as in ‘the long home’
Horn  to gore, ‘the cow horned the wee calf’
Hot-foot go speedily
Houghle move awkwardly
Hoult  hold, grip, catch ‘take a good hoult of it there!’
Hudders top sheaves of a stook, ‘put the hudders on the stook’, i.e. draw your story to a close
Hugger-muggery shameful or secret conduct
Hunker crouch
Hunker-slider untrustworthy person
Hurry  usu. in the negative, ‘shure there’s no hurry’ or ‘take yer hurry in your hand’
Hursel  bronchial-sounding, ‘he had a hursel in he’s throat’
Hut  hit, ‘he hut me first, he did!’

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