Shakespeare Glossary: H
HA’: shortened form of “have.”
HABITUDE: condition of the body.
HACK: to become cheap or vulgar (really of uncertain meaning, used in Wiv. 2.1.52).
HAGGARD (1): a wild hawk.
HAGGARD (2): unprincipled; wild (adv.).
HAG-SEED: seed or offspring of a hag.
HAI, HAY: a thrust in fencing. Rom 2.4.27.
HAIR: course, order, grain.
HALBERD: battle-axe fastened to a long pole.
HALCYON: a bird. The Elizabethans believed that the halcyon had the power to calm the sea – hence the term “halcyon days”.
HALF-CAPS: a hat tipped slightly as a greeting.
HALF-FACE: thin face.
HALF-KIRTLE: jacket; petticoat.
HALFPENCE: little pieces.
HALF-SWORD: within half the length of a sword.
HALIDOM: holiness, salvation, Christian fellowship.
HALL: an open space to dance in.
HALLOWMAS: All Hallows’ Day.
HAP: chance, fortune.
HANDSAW: perhaps a corruption of Heronshaw; a hern.
HARDIMENT: defiance, brave deeds.
HARLOCK: charlock, wild mustard.
HARRY: to annoy, harass.
HAVING: property, fortune.
HAY: a term in fencing.
HEADBOROUGH: a parish officer (an officer for the church) having the same functions as a petty police constable.
HEADY: violent, headlong.
HEAT: of ‘to heat,’ heated.
HEFT: a heaving.
HEFT: furnished with a handle.
HELM: to steer, manage.
HENCHMAN: a page or attendant.
HENT: to seize, take.
HERMIT: a beadsman, one bound to pray for another.
HIGH: used in composition with adjectives to heighten.
HILDING: a paltry fellow.
HIREN: a prostitute. with a pun on the word ‘iron.’.
HIT: to agree.
HOISE: to hoist, heave up on high.
HOLP: to help; helped.
HOME: to the utmost.
HONEY-STALKS: the red clover.
HOODMAN-BLIND: the game now called blindman’s-buff.
HORN-MAD: probably, ‘harn-mad,’ that is, brain-mad.
HOROLOGE: a clock.
HOT-HOUSE: a brothel.
HOX: to hamstring.
HULL: to drift on the sea like a wrecked ship.
HUMOROUS: fitful, or, perhaps, hurried.
HUNT-COUNTER: to follow the scent the wrong way.
HUNTS-UP: the name of a song used in hunting.
HURLY: noise, confusion.
HURTLE: to clash.
HURTLING: noise, confusion.
HUSWIFE: woman who manages a household.