Dictionary: HON'OR – HOOF'BOUND

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HON'OR, n. [on'or; L. honor, honos; Fr. honneur; Sp. honor; Port. honra; It. onore; Arm. enor; It. onoir.]

  1. The esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation. A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country. Matth. xiii.
  2. A testimony of esteem; any expression of respect or of high estimation by words or actions; as, the honors of war; military honors; funeral honors; civil honors.
  3. Dignity; exalted rank or place; distinction. I have given thee riches and honor. 1 Kings iii. Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. Ps. civ. In doing a good thing, there is both honar and pleasure. Franklin.
  4. Reverence; veneration; or any act by which reverence and submission are expressed, as worship paid to the Supreme Being.
  5. Reputation; good name; as, his honor is unsullied.
  6. True nobleness of mind; magnanimity; dignified respect for character, springing from probity, principle or moral rectitude; a distinguishing trait in the character of good men.
  7. An assumed appearance of nobleness; scorn of meanness, springing from the fear of reproach, without regard to principle; as, shall I violate my trust? Forbid it, honor.
  8. Any particular virtue much valued; as, bravery in men, and chastity in females. Shak.
  9. Dignity of mien; noble appearance. Godlike erect, with native honor clad. Milton.
  10. That which honors; he or that which confers dignity; as, the chancellor is an honor to his profession.
  11. Privileges of rank or birth; in the plural. Restore me to my honors. Shak.
  12. Civilities paid. Then here a slave, or if you will, a lord; To do the honors, and to give the word. Pope.
  13. That which adorns; ornament; decoration. The sire then shook the honors of his head. Dryden.
  14. A noble kind of seignory or lordship, held of the king in capite. Encyc. Honors, in games, the four highest cards, the ace, king, queen and jack. On or upon my honor, words accompanying a declaration which pledge one's honor or reputation for the truth of it. The members of the house of lords in Great Britain are not under oath, but give their opinions on their honor. Laws of honor, among persons of fashion, signify certain rules by which their social intercourse is regulated, and which are founded on a regard to reputation. These laws require a punctilious attention to decorum in external deportment, but admit of the foulest violations of moral duty. Paley. Court of honor, a court of chivalry; a court of civil and criminal jurisdiction, having power to redress injuries of honor, and to hold pleas respecting matters of arms and deeds of war. Encyc.

HON'OR, v.t. [on'or; L. honoro; Fr. honorer; Sp. honrar; It. onorare.]

  1. To revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to. Honor thy father and thy mother. Ex. xx.
  2. To reverence; to manifest the highest veneration for, in words and actions; to entertain the most exalted thoughts of; to worship; to adore. That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. John v.
  3. To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to elevate in rank or station to exalt. Men are sometimes honored with titles and offices, which they do not merit. Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor. Esth. vi.
  4. To glorify; to render illustrious. I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host. Ex. xiv.
  5. To treat with due civility and respect in the ordinary intercourse of life. The troops honored the governor with a salute.
  6. In commerce, to accept and pay when due; as, to honor a bill of exchange.

HON'OR-A-BLE, a. [L. honorabilis; Fr. honorable.]

  1. Holding a distinguished rank in society; illustrious or noble. Shechem was more honorable than all the house of his father. Gen. xxxiv. Many of them believed; also of honorable women who were Greeks – not a few. Acts xvii.
  2. Possessing a high mind; actuated by principles of honor, or a scrupulous regard to probity, rectitude or reputation. He is an honorable man.
  3. Conferring honor, or procured by noble deeds; as, honorable wounds. Dryden.
  4. Consistent with honor or reputation. It is not honorable to oppress the weak, or to insult the vanquished.
  5. Respected; worthy of respect; regarded with esteem. Marriage is honorable in all. Heb. xiii.
  6. Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with testimonies of esteem; as, an honorable burial.
  7. Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just and proper end; not base; not reproachful; as, an honorable motive. Nothing can be honorable which is immoral.
  8. Not to be disgraced. Let her descend; my chambers are honorable. Shak.
  9. Honest; without hypocrisy or deceit; fair. His intentions appear to be honorable.
  10. An epithet of respect or distinction; as, the honorable senate; the honorable gentleman.
  11. Becoming men of rank and character, or suited to support men in a station of dignity; as, an honorable salary. Constitution of Massachusetts.


  1. The state of being honorable; eminence; distinction.
  2. Conformity to the principles of honor, probity or moral rectitude; fairness; applied to disposition or to conduct.

HON'OR-A-BLY, adv.

  1. With tokens of honor or respect. The man was honorably received at court.
  2. Magnanimonsly; generously; with a noble spirit or purpose. The prince honorably interposed to prevent a rupture between the nations.
  3. Reputably; without reproach. Why did I not more honorably starve? Dryden.


  1. Conferring honor, or intended merely to confer honor; as, an honorary degree; an honorary crown.
  2. Possessing a title or place without performing services or receiving a reward; as, an honorary member of a society.


  1. A lawyer's fee.
  2. The salary of a professor in any art or science. Encyc.

HON'OR-ED, pp.

Respected; revered; reverenced; elevated to rank or office; dignified; exalted; glorified; accepted and paid, as a bill of exchange.


  1. One that honors; one that reveres, reverences or regards with respect.
  2. One who exalts, or who confers honors.


The act of giving honor.

HON'OR-ING, ppr.

Respecting highly; reverencing; exalting; dignifying; conferring marks of esteem; accepting and paying, as a bill.


Destitute of honor; not honored. Warburton.

HOOD, n.1

In composition, Sax. had, hade, G. heit, D. heid, Sw. het, Dan. hed, as in manhood, childhood, denotes state or fixedness, hence quality or character, from some root signifying to set, Sax. hadian, to ordain. It is equivalent to the termination ness in English, and tas in Latin; as goodness, G. gutheit; brotherhood, L. fraternitas.

HOOD, n.2 [Sax. hod; W. hod. Qu. from the root of hut or hide.]

  1. A covering for the head used by females, and deeper than a bonnet.
  2. A covering for the head and shoulders used by monks; cowl.
  3. A covering for a hawk's head or eyes, used in falconry.
  4. Any thing to be drawn over the head to cover it.
  5. An ornamental fold that hangs down the back of a graduate to mark his degree. Johnson.
  6. A low wooden porch over the ladder which leads to the steerage of a ship; the upper part of a galley-chimney; the cover of a pump. Mar. Dict.

HOOD, v.t.

  1. To dress in a hood or cowl; to put on a hood. The friar hooded, and the monarch crowned. Pope.
  2. To cover; to blind. I'll hood my eyes. Shak.
  3. To cover. And hood the flames. Dryden.

HOOD'ED, pp.

Covered with a hood; blinded.

HOOD'ING, ppr.

Covering with a hood.


Having no hood.


A play in which a person blinded is to catch another and tell his name; blindman's buff. Shak.

HOOD'-WINK, v.t. [hood and wink.]

  1. To blind by covering the eyes. We will blind and hood-wink him. Shak.
  2. To cover; to hide. For the prize I'll bring thee to, / Shall hood-wink this mischance. Shak.
  3. To deceive by external appearances or disguise; to impose on. Sydney.


Blinded; deceived.


Blinding the eyes; covering; hiding; deceiving.

HOOF, n. [Sax. hof; G. huf; D. hoef; Dan. hov; Sw. hof, a hoof, and a measure. Class Gb. No. 31.]

  1. The horny substance that covers or terminates the feet of certain animals, as horses, oxen, sheep, goats, deer, &c.
  2. An animal; a beast. He had not a single hoof of any kind to slaughter. Washington.

HOOF, v.i.

To walk as cattle. [Little used.] Scott.


A horse is said to be hoof-bound when he has a pain in the fore-feet, occasioned by the dryness and contraction of the horn of the quarters, which straitens the quarters of the heels, and often makes him lame. Far. Dict.