Synonyms of half in English:



  • half a bar of chocolate
    fifty per cent of, bisection of
    [Antonyms] all
  • Phrases

    by halves

    he operated on a grand scale and never did anything by halves
    [Antonyms] thoroughly
    incompletelyimperfectlyinadequatelyinsufficientlypartiallyscrappilyskimpilyto a limited extent/degree

    too … by half

    Rosemary is too clever by halfundulyoverlyexcessivelyexceedinglyinordinatelydisproportionatelyfar tooto too great an extent/degreeby an excessive amountenormouslyconsiderablyuncommonlyveryultra- informaltoo-too


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  • he ate a half grapefruit for breakfast
    halved, divided in two, part, partial; bisected, in two equal parts/portions
    [Antonyms] whole
  • adverb

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  • 1 the chicken is half cooked
    partially, partly, incompletely, inadequately, insufficiently, slightly, barely, in part, part, to a limited extent/degree, in some measure; not totally, not wholly, not entirely, not fully
    [Antonyms] completely
  • 2 I am half inclined to believe you
    to a certain extent/degree, to a limited extent/degree, to some extent/degree, (up) to a point, in part, partly, in some measure; almost, nearly, very nearly, just about, all but
    informal ish
    [Antonyms] fully
  • Phrases

    not half

  • 1 that doesn't half make you feel old!
  • 2 the players are not half bad
    not at all, not a bit, not in any way, by no means, absolutely not, most certainly not, not for a moment, not nearly, not the slightest bit, to no extent
  • informal

    Word links

    demi- related prefixes, as in demi-pension, demitasse
    hemi- related prefix, as in hemisphere, hemiola
    semi- related prefix, as in semicircle, semiconductor

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