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”).
- (archaic, transitive) To call, name.
- Childe Harold was he hight.
- (archaic, intransitive) To be called or named.
- Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight.
hight (not comparable)
hight (plural hights)
- 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.