housen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English housen, equivalent to house +‎ -en ‎(plural ending).

Noun[edit]

housen

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) plural of house
    • 1775, Simeon Lyman of Sharon, journal, Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Volume 7, page 117:
      In the forenoon it rained, and in the afternoon I looked round the housen to see the damage they did the town.
    • 1874, "Eight per Cent", The Headington Magazine, volume 6, page 7:
      'If the housen weren't good housen I'd have nothing to say to them,' said Ingram
    • 1880, James Spilling, Molly Miggs's trip to the seaside, page 14:
      I weant on for a gudish way till at last I loast sight o' the great square building behind the housen.
    • 1917, Edward Harry William Meyerstein, ‎Wilfrid Blair, Black and White Magic - Page 60:
      Hide you in your housen! Hang above your Portals The shielding quicken bough!
    • 1929, Mary Webb, Precious Bane:
      “Ho, rooks!” shouted Gideon. “Father's dead, and I be maister, and I've come to say as you shall keep your housen in peace, and I'll keep ye safe from all but my own gun, and you're kindly welcome to bide."

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

housen

  1. definite singular of house