from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Named or called.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To call, name.
  • v. To be called or named.
  • adj. Called, named.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variant of height.
  • v. To be called or named.
  • v. To command; to direct; to impel.
  • v. To commit; to intrust.
  • v. To promise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To command; order; bid.
  • To promise; assure.
  • [In this sense Chaucer has only the preterit and past participle, never the present.]
  • To call; name.
  • To mention.
  • (orig. passive.) To be called; be named; have as a name.
  • n. See height.


Middle English, past participle of highten, hihten, to call, be called, from hehte, hight, past tense of hoten, from Old English hātan; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English hight (alternative past participle of hoten, "to be named, be called"), from Old English hēht (preterite of hātan, "to be named, be called"), from *hehait-, reduplicate preterite base of Proto-Germanic *haitanan (“to call, command, summon”), from Proto-Indo-European *key(w)-, *kyew- (“to set in motion”). Cognate with Low German heten, German heißen, Danish hedde, Dutch heten, and Swedish heta, Latin cieō ("I call, I set in motion"). (Wiktionary)



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