hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog
The dog's hackles rose and he began to growl as the sound of footsteps grew louder.
wasted away; gaunt
After his long illness, he was pale and haggard.
argue about prices
I prefer to shop in a store that has a one-price policy because, whenever I haggle with a shopkeeper, I am never certain that I paid a fair price for the articles I purchased.
In those halcyon days, people were not worried about sneak attacks and bombings.
After a brief illness, he was soon hale.
She was laid to rest in hallowed ground.
Novice extemporaneous speakers often talk in a halting fashion as they grope for the right words.
The minority party agreed not to hamper the efforts of the leaders to secure a lasting peace.
In his poem hap, Thomas Hardy objects to the part chance plays in our lives.
random; by chance
His haphazard reading left him unaquainted with the authors of the books.
This hapless creature had never known a moment's pleasure.
long, passionate, and vehement speech
In her lengthy harangue, the principal berated the offenders.
The crocus is an early harbinger of spring.
sturdy; robust; able to stand inclement weather
We asked the gardening expert to recommend particularly hardy plants that could withstand our harsh New England winters.
tiresome dwelling on a subject
After he had reminded me several times about what he had done for me I told him to stop his harping on my indebtedness to him.
break up ground after plowing; torture
I don't want to harrow you at this time by asking you to recall the details of your unpleasant experience.
harass, annoy, torment; raid
The guerrilla band harried the enemy nightly.
deck opening; lid covering a deck opening
The latch on the hatch failed to catch, so the hatch remained unlatched.
I resent his haughtiness because he is no better than we are.
The slave seized the unexpected chance to make a headlong dash across the border to freedom.
person who verbally harasses others
The heckler kept interrupting the speaker with rude remarks.
not noticing; disregarding
He drove on, heedless of the warnings that the road was dangerous.
dominance, especially of one nation over others
As one Eastern European nation after another declared its independence, commentators marveled at the sudden breakdown of the once monolithic Soviet hegemony.
atrocious; hatefully bad
Hitler's heinous crimes will never be forgotten.
opinion contrary to popular belief or to accepted religion
He was threatened with excommunication because his remarks were considered to be pure heresy.
sealed by fusion so as to be airtight
After these bandages are sterilized, they are placed in hermetic containers.
home of a hermit
Even in his remote hermitage he could not escape completely from the world.
one who studies reptiles
As a boy, Indiana Jones had a traumatic experience involving snakes; sensibly enough, he studies to be archaeologist, not a herpetologist.
To those who upheld the belief that the earth did not move, Galileo's theory that the earth circled the sun was disturbingly heterodox.
cut to pieces with ax or sword
The cavalry rushed into melee and hewed the enemy with their swords.
time of greatest success; prime
In their heyday, the San Francisco Forty-Niners won the Super Bowl two years running.
Except for a brief two-year hiatus, during which she enrolled in the Peace Corps, Ms. Clements has devoted herself to her medical career.
Bears prepare for their long hibernal sleep by overeating.
The discovery of the Rosetta Stone enabled scholars to read the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The hilarity is improper on this solemn day of mourning.
The coward could always be found in the hindmost lines whenever a battle was being waged.
Stalled cars along the highway are a hindrance to traffic that tow trucks should remove without delay.
They seldom had visitors, living as they did way out in the hinderlands.
one who serves for hire (usually used contemptuously)
In a matter of such importance, I do not wish to deal with hirelings; I must meet with the chief.
He was a hitsute individual with a heavy black beard.
He was proud of his histrionic ability and wanted to paly the role of Hamlet.
white with age
The man was hoary and wrinkled when he was 70.
trick; practical joke
Embarrassed by the hoax, he reddened and left the room.
destruction by fire
Citizens of San Francisco remember that the destruction of the city was caused not by the earthquake but by the holocaust that followed.
Even when he was not in uniform, he carried a holster and pistol under his arm.
In her speech she tried to pay homage to a great man.
tendency of a system to maintain relative stability
A breakdown of the body's immune system severely undermines the body's ability to maintain homeostasis.
domestic; made at home
homespun wit, like homespun cloth, was often coarse and plain.
Having been hoodwinked once by the fast-talking salesman, he was extremely cautious when he went to purchase a used car.
Just before Christmas the stores are filled with hordes of shoppers.
The crowd listened to his hortatory statements with ever-growing excitement; finally they rushed from the hall to carry to his suggestions.
pertaining to cultivation of gardens
When he bought his house, he beganto look for flowers and decorative shrubs, and began to read books dealing with horticultural matters.
shack; small, wretched house
He wondered how poor people could stand living in such a hovel.
The marketplace was a scene of hubbub and excitement.
arrogance; excessive self-conceit
Filled with hubris, Lear refused to heed his friends' warnings.
The aviary contained birds of every possible hue.
When her purse was snatched, she raised such a hue and cry that the thief was captured.
After years of adventure, he could not settle down to a humdrum existence.
The ascent of the hummock is not difficult and the view from the hilltop is ample reward tor the effort.
substance formed by decaying vegetable matter
In order to improve his garden, he spread humus over his lawn and flower beds.
The runaway train hurtled toward disaster.
frugality; thrift; agriculture
He accumulated his small fortune by diligence and husbandry.
pretending to be virtuous; deceiving
I resent his hypocritical posing as a friend for I know he is interested only in his own advancement.
based on assumptions or hypotheses
Why do we have to consider hypothetical cases when we have actual case histories that we may examine?