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[huhm-free] /ˈhʌm fri/
(Duke of Gloucester) 1391–1447, English soldier and statesman (youngest son of Henry IV).
Doris, 1895–1958, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and teacher.
Hubert H(oratio) 1911–78, U.S. politician: vice president 1965–69.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “high” and “peace.”. Unabridged
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  • In the night, at half-past two, Sir Humphrey was taken very ill, and died almost immediately.

    Famous Men of Science Sarah K. Bolton
  • "Sir Humphrey Tennant of Ashby may till his own fields for me," he cried.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A lamp, invented by a very learned man, Sir Humphrey Davy, is used when there is a risk of fire-damp.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • O my poor Humphrey, where have you been and what has been done to you?

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • They have discovered me,” thought Humphrey; “and I must be off as soon as I can.

British Dictionary definitions for Humphrey


Duke Humphrey, See Gloucester (sense 1)
Hubert Horatio. 1911–78, US statesman; vice-president of the US under President Johnson (1965–69)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Humphrey

masc. proper name, from Old English Hunfrið, probably from Proto-Germanic *hun "strength" + Old English frið "peace." To dine with Duke Humphrey (17c.) meant to go without a meal, though the reason for the expression now is obscure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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