Definition of aitch in English:

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Pronunciation: /āCH/


The name of the letter H.
Example sentences
  • A diffident young man swung a boot and rather apologetically struck an egg-shaped ball through a large wooden aitch - and by doing so, changed the nature of England sport.
  • All the dictionaries in my house agree that aitch is correct.
  • Aitch is the most interesting name of a letter.


drop one's aitches

Fail to pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words, a common feature of dialect speech.
Example sentences
  • Are we the only ones who drop our aitches and do we really say ‘were’ instead of ` was’.
  • If a policeman writes in why does he have to drop his aitches and sound gruff and arrogant?
  • When the soldier speaks he drops his aitches and several other letters.


Mid 16th century: from Old French ache.

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Syllabification: aitch

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