halter

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English halter, helter, helfter, from Old English hælfter, hælftre (halter), from Proto-Germanic *halftrō, *halftrijaz (harness), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (to cut), equivalent to half- +‎ -ter. Cognate with Scots helter (halter), Dutch halfter, halster (halter), Low German halfter, helchter, halter (halter), German Halfter (halter, holster).

Noun[edit]

halter (plural halters)

  1. A bitless headpiece of rope or straps, placed on the head of animals such as cattle or horses to lead or tie them.
  2. A rope with a noose, for hanging criminals; the gallows rope.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      And Crates said, that love was cured with hunger, if not by time; and in him that liked not these two meanes, by the halter [transl. hart].
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad:
      [] No rogue e’er felt the halter draw, with a good opinion of the law, and perhaps my own detestation of the law arises from my having frequently broken it. [].”
  3. A woman's garment covering the upper chest, a halter top.
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Verb[edit]

halter (third-person singular simple present halters, present participle haltering, simple past and past participle haltered)

  1. To place a halter on.
    What do you mean, you didn't halter the horses when we stopped for the night?

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

halter (plural halters)

  1. One who halts or limps; a cripple.

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

halter m (plural halteres)

  1. Alternative form of haltere.

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

halter

  1. indefinite plural of halt