Found 2 items, similar to Better half.
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Definition: better half
n : a person's partner in marriage [syn: spouse
, married person
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Definition: Better half
(h[aum]f), n.; pl. Halves
(h[aum]vz). [AS. healf.
1. Part; side; behalf. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
The four halves of the house. --Chaucer.
2. One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided,
or considered as divided; -- sometimes followed by of; as,
a half of an apple.
Not half his riches known, and yet despised.
A friendship so complete
Portioned in halves between us. --Tennyson.
. See under Better
, in two; an expression sometimes used improperly
instead of in halves
or into halves
; as, to cut in
half. [Colloq.] --Dickens.
In one's half
or On one's half
, in one's behalf; on one's
To cry halves
, to claim an equal share with another.
To go halves
, to share equally between two.
, a.; compar. of Good. [OE. betere, bettre, and
as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to Icel.
betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro,
adj., baz, adv., G. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., E.
boot, and prob. to Skr. bhadra excellent. See Boot
advantage, and cf. Best
1. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another;
as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a
Could make the worse appear
The better reason. --Milton.
2. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness,
acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
To obey is better than sacrifice. --1 Sam. xv.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put
confidence in princes. --Ps. cxviii.
3. Greater in amount; larger; more.
4. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the
patient is better.
5. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance;
a better knowledge of the subject.
All the better
. See under All
, an expression used to designate one's wife.
My dear, my better half (said he),
I find I must now leave thee. --Sir P.
To be better off
, to be in a better condition.
. (See under Had
Note: The phrase had better, followed by an infinitive
without to, is idiomatic. The earliest form of
construction was “were better”
with a dative; as,
“Him were better go beside.”
(--Gower.) i. e., It
would be better for him, etc. At length the nominative
(I, he, they, etc.) supplanted the dative and had took
the place of were. Thus we have the construction now
By all that's holy, he had better starve
Than but once think this place becomes thee not.