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Alternative forms[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English hight (to be named, be called) (alternative past participle of hoten), from Old English hēht (preterite of hātan, to be named, be called), from *hehait-, reduplicate preterite base of Proto-Germanic *haitaną (to call, command, summon), from Proto-Indo-European *key(w)-, *kyew- (to set in motion). Cognate with Low German heten, German heißen, Danish hedde, West Frisian hite, Dutch heten, and Swedish heta, Latin cieō (I call, I set in motion).


hight (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle hight) hight is only the preterite or past participle, not the infinitive or present.

  1. (archaic, transitive) To call, name.
    • Byron
      Childe Harold was he hight.
  2. (archaic, intransitive) To be called or named.
    • Surrey
      Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight.


hight (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Called, named.

Etymology 2[edit]

See height


hight (plural hights)

  1. Obsolete form of height.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.