Definition of aitch in English:

aitch

Line breaks: aitch
Pronunciation: /eɪtʃ
 
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noun

  • The letter H.
    More example sentences
    • The dropping of aitches is widespread and is generally considered substandard.
    • But he also drops some of his aitches, so he'll say ‘orse for horse, and that's something that doesn't usually happen in Scotland.
    • To describe the noise, I've tried every combination of vowels and aitches.

Phrases

drop one's aitches

Fail to pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words, a characteristic feature of certain dialects.
More 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.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Old French ache.

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