half-

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See also: half and hálf-

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English half-, from Old English healf-, from Proto-Germanic *halba-(half-), from *halbaz(half). Cognate with Dutch half-(half-), German halb-(half-), Swedish halv-(half-), Icelandic hálf-(half-). More at half.

Prefix[edit]

half-

  1. A prefix used before brother, sister, uncle, aunt, and so forth, to indicate that the person being identified is related only through one parent, grandparent, and so forth, rather than two.
  2. A prefix used to indicate that something is just half or done half, and therefore not total or fully done.

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