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aitch

Line breaks: aitch
Pronunciation: /eɪtʃ
 
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Definition of aitch in English:

noun

The letter H.
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.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Old French ache.

Phrases

drop one's aitches

1
Fail to pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words, a characteristic feature of certain dialects.
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.

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