Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HALF, n., adj., v. I. 2. Add Phr.: a half and a half-pint, also a hauf an a hauf. A small whisky and a half pint of beer (Sh., Bnff., Ags., Edb., Arg., Gsw., Ayr., Dmf. 2000s).Gsw. 1970 George MacDonald Fraser The General Danced at Dawn (1988) 60:
Well, it was like this, he and his friend the sailor had gone for a wee hauf, and then they had had anither, and...
Gsw. 1985 Michael Munro The Patter 30:
half or hauf ... A half and a half-pint is a time-honoured combination or drinks: a whisky with a half pint of beer for a chaser. This is not so common amongst the younger generations who have developed a taste for more exotic concoctions.
Gsw. 1987 Peter Mason C'mon Geeze Yer Patter! 37:
Ah'll hiv a hauf an a hauf. My order is a half pint of beer and a small glass of whisky.
em.Sc. 2000 James Robertson The Fanatic 8:
The juke-box was silent: the most noise in the place came from three old men settled in one corner, supping halfs-and-halfs and murmuring smug discontents at one another.

I. 5. Add quot.: Fif. 1995 Courier 16 Sep :
Does anyone remember when the expression "half-six" meant half past five as opposed to half past six? A reader from Cupar says that he only became aware of the change when he began working with English colleagues in the army.

II. 1. (10) Add quot.: Abd. 1992 David Toulmin Collected Short Stories 253:
Badgie Summers lived in the nearest half-house.

II. 1. (13) Add quots.: Fif. 1985 Christopher Rush A Twelvemonth and a Day 13:
They were surrounded by ranks upon ranks of baking: drumrolls and rows of baps, bread in battalions; crusty loaves, half loaves, brown loaves, white loaves, plain loaves, pan loaves, bran loaves, seed loaves ...
Abd. 2004:
Gang doon till e baker's for a half loaf. A half loaf is one of a pair of loaves baked together in a tin and pulled apart when baked.

II. 2. (12) Add quot.: Ayr. 1993 Herald 25 May :
The Kilwinningites call half-day closing "hauf shut day" so with impeccable logic a bank holiday is referred to as "hauf shut a' day".

II. 3. (3) Add to defin.: Also Sc. form of Eng. half-way.
Add quots.: m.Sc. 1994 Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay Forever Yours, Marie-Lou 10:
Keep yir voice doon! They'll hear ye halfwey doon the street!
Sc. 2002 Daily Record 20 Dec 8:
And another hing, Livi's no half wey between Embra and Glesgae either.
Edb. 2003:
They were only halfwey doon the stairs when ...

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"Half n., adj., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2022 <>



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