Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A speech conveying an insinuation rather than a direct assertion; a hint.

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Examples

  • If any Superior's thoughts became too complex to be communicated simply through feeling, then a grunt, a half-word, a few casual sounds would be sufficient to get his meaning across in most instances.

    The Unpublished Writer and His Love Interest (The Painter)

  • Still as I narrated, instead of checking, he incited me to proceed he spurred me by the gesture, the smile, the half-word.

    Villette

  • Down to that half-word which the torture drew from

    The Crystal Stopper

  • Things she would formerly have understood at a half-word she now affected to need to have explained to her.

    A Life's Morning

  • It was no longer to her that the eye of Mr. Willoughby was directed in the hope of being understood; it was not to her that the half-word which implies mutual understanding was addressed; the smile of intelligence had ceased to pass between them; nor did it seem that either her gaiety or her gravity retained any influence over the feelings of Mr. Willoughby.

    Isabella. A Novel

  • A few hours before, in my master's arms almost, with twenty kind things said to me, and a generous concern for the misfortunes he had brought upon me; and only by one rash half-word exasperated against me, and turned out of doors, at an hour's warning; and all his kindness changed to hate!

    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

  • What is the other half-word that he did not say to complete the word?

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  • The d.o.m. also sees that the first half-word Mr ChonTri said to the ones who get hurt, the second one he said to the ones who hurt the others.

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  • The d.o.m. found the other half-word that Mr ChonTri

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  • What Mr ChonTri said at that moment was just a half-word.

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