- hackneyed Dictionary lookup
(adj.) commonplace; trite
Just when you thought neckties were becoming a hackneyed gift item, along comes the Grateful Dead collection.
Have a nice day has become something of a hackneyed expression.
- haggard Dictionary lookup
(adj.) untamed; having a worn look
The lawn in front of the abandoned house added to its haggard look.
He looked as haggard as you would expect a new father of quadruplets to look.
Just by looking at her haggard features, you can tell she has not slept for many hours.
- halcyon Dictionary lookup
(adj.) tranquil; happy
The old man fondly remembered his halcyon days growing up on the farm.
- hamper Dictionary lookup
(v.) interfere with; hinder
The roadblock hampered their progress, but they knew a shortcut.
- haphazard Dictionary lookup
(adj.) disorganized; random
He constantly misplaced important documents because of his haphazard way of running his office.
- hapless Dictionary lookup
(adj.) unlucky; unfortunate
The hapless team could not win a game.
- harangue Dictionary lookup
(n; v.) a lengthy, heartfelt speech; to talk or write excitedly
We sat patiently and listened to her harangue.
When he finally stopped his haranguing, I responded calmly.
- harbor Dictionary lookup
(n.; v.) a place of safety or shelter; to give shelter or to protect.
We stood at the dock as the ship sailed into the harbor.
The peasants were executed for harboring known rebels.
The rabbits used the shed as a harbor from the raging storm.
Her decision to harbor a known criminal was an unwise one.
- haughty Dictionary lookup
(adj.) proud of oneself and scornful of others
The haughty ways she displayed her work turned off her peers.
The haughty girl displayed her work as if she were the most prized artist.
- hedonistic Dictionary lookup
(adj.) living for pleasure
The group was known for its hedonistic rituals.
Hot tubs, good food, and a plethora of leisure time were the hallmarks of this hedonistic society.
- hefty Dictionary lookup
(adj.) heavy or powerful
The unabridged dictionary makes for a hefty book.
- heresy Dictionary lookup
(n.) opinion contrary to popular belief
In this town it is considered heresy to want parking spaces to have meters.
- heretic Dictionary lookup
(n.) one who holds opinion contrary to that which is generally accepted
Because he believed the world was round, many people considered Columbus to be a heretic.
- hiatus Dictionary lookup
(n.) interval; break; period of rest
Summer vacation provided a much-needed hiatus for the students.
Between graduation and the first day of his new job, Tim took a three-month hiatus in the Caribbean.
- hierarchy Dictionary lookup
(n.) a system of persons or things arranged according to rank
I was put at the bottom of the hierarchy while Jane was put at the top.
- hoary Dictionary lookup
(adj.) whitened by age
The paint had a hoary appearance, as if it were applied decades ago.
- homage Dictionary lookup
(n.) honor; respect
The police officers paid homage to their fallen colleague with a ceremony that celebrated her life.
- homeostasis Dictionary lookup
(n.) maintenance of stability
Knowing the seriousness of the operation, the surgeons were concerned about restoring the patient to homeostasis.
- homily Dictionary lookup
(n.) solemn moral talk; sermon
The preacher gave a moving homily to the gathered crowd.
- hone Dictionary lookup
(n.; v.) something used to sharpen; to sharpen; to long or yearn for
He ran the knife over the hone for hours to get a razor-sharp edge.
The apprenticeship will give her the opportunity to hone her skills.
The traveler hones for his homeland.
- hubris Dictionary lookup
Some think it was hubris that brought the president to the point of impeachment.
- humility Dictionary lookup
(n.) lack of pride; modesty
Full of humility, she accepted the award but gave all the credit to her mentor.
- hybrid Dictionary lookup
(n.) anything of mixed origin
The flower was a hybrid of three different flowers.
- hyperbole Dictionary lookup
(n.) an exaggeration, not to be taken seriously
The full moon was almost blinding in its brightness, he said with a measure of hyperbole.
- hypocritical Dictionary lookup
(adj.) two-faced; deceptive
His constituents believed that the governor was hypocritical for calling for a moratorium on "negative" campaigning while continuing to air some of the most vicious ads ever produced against his opponent.
Most of his constituents believed the governor was hypocritical for calling his opponent a "mud-slinging hack" when his own campaign had slung more than its share of dirt.
- hypothetical Dictionary lookup
(adj.) assumed; uncertain; conjectural
A hypothetical situation was set up so we could practice our responses.
The professor was good at using hypothetical situations to illustrate complicated theories.