"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[haf-wey, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈweɪ, ˈhɑf-/
to half the distance; to midpoint:
The rope reaches only halfway.
almost; nearly; just about:
He halfway surrendered to their demands.
midway, as between two places or points.
going to or covering only half or part of the full extent:
halfway measures.
meet halfway, to compromise with; give in partially to:
They didn't comply with all our demands, but met us halfway on the more important points.
Origin of halfway
1350-1400; Middle English half wei. See half, way Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for halfway
  • Astronomers estimate the merger is now about halfway complete, as the cores of the two galaxies have not yet met.
  • It fired a contractor halfway through the job when the building was past due.
  • And each game had four randomly-inserted ads: two halfway through, two at game's end.
  • We could see it nine billion light-years away, more than halfway across the observable universe.
  • It's sort of halfway in between the extreme version of either of those.
  • My cards are neither, empty or full, halfway or not.
  • Bao vanished into the undergrowth, reappearing halfway up a pine tree that was swathed in a large-leafed vine.
  • Fifty-two minutes into the film, a little short of the halfway mark, something happens.
  • She had shown emotion only once, briefly, when he had been halfway out the door.
  • More stately houses are visible halfway up the slope of the western mountain, tucked among pine trees.
British Dictionary definitions for halfway


adverb, adjective
at or to half the distance; at or to the middle
in or of an incomplete manner or nature
meet halfway, to compromise with
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for halfway

also half-way, Old English healfweg; see half + way. Halfway house originally was a common name for inns midway between cities or stages.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with halfway


see: go halfway
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for halfway

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for halfway

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with halfway

Nearby words for halfway