Definitions

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

  • adj. Archaic Named or called.

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  • 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.

Etymologies

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

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.

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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").

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  • named.

    November 22, 2008