Definitions starting with H

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hear

v. 1. Atlantic; cf. US Black idem in "I hear you, man" (Grove); an African calque: cf. Twi wó tè brofô (lit, you hear English) Do you understand English? (Herskowitz 288) and Bambara men hear, understand (A. Kihm, p.c.)) to understand. (Gen.)

2. [Pan-Creole; cf. Port. Cr. úbi (Meintel 1975: 242) and Haitian tande HCEFD, both 'to hear; to obey and Yoruba gbó hear, understand, obey (Oyedeji p.c.); cf. OED hear obey obs.→1729 ] to obey; pay heed: 1918 His trouble was dis, listened to no ol' people. . ."Rernember when I tell you, you wouldn' hear by me?" (Parsons 155). cf. HARD-OE-HEARING (Gen.)

985. hard-of-hearing

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Last update: 2010-10-03 23:16
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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