- 1 to the extent of half The glass was half full.
- 2 partly The chicken was only half cooked. half-closed eyes I'm half inclined to agree. Grammar Pointhalf / whole / quarter Quarter, half and whole can all be nouns:Cut the apple into quarters. Two halves make a whole. Whole is also an adjective:I’ve been waiting here for a whole hour. Half is also a determiner:Half (of) the work is already finished. They spent half the time looking for a parking space. Her house is half a mile down the road. Note that you do not put a or the in front of half when it is used in this way:I waited for half an hour I waited for a half an hour. Half can also be used as an adverb:This meal is only half cooked. Word Origin Old English half, healf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch half and German halb (adjectives). The earliest meaning of the Germanic base was
an increase of 50% of the existing number or amount Spending on health is half as much again as it was in 2009. (British English, informal) used to emphasize a statement or an opinion It wasn't half good (= it was very good). ‘Was she annoyed?’ ‘Not half!’ (= she was extremely annoyed) not nearly He is not half such a fool as they think. (informal) (used to show surprise) not bad at all; good It really isn't half bad, is it?