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Short Definition : natural home of a plant or animal; CF. habitation

(noun) the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives or occurs
Synonyms : home ground
Example Sentence
  • a marine habitat
  • he felt safe on his home grounds
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for habitat

Habib's Rabbit


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habitat seems to be derived from HUB which means home


Short Definition : accustom or familiarize; addict

(verb) take or consume (regularly or habitually)
Synonyms : use
Example Sentence
  • She uses drugs rarely
(verb) make psychologically or physically used (to something)
Synonyms : accustom
Example Sentence
  • She became habituated to the background music
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for habituate

habituate..habit..to your habits u get accustomed n familiarized..

if you have a habit of doing something or having something..you get addicted to it..


Short Definition : hairs on back and neck, especially of a dog; Ex. make someone's hackles rise

(noun) a feeling of anger and animosity
Synonyms : dander
Example Sentence
  • having one's hackles or dander up
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for hackles

hackles rhymes with jackals..they have hair on their back and neck and are very aggressive, filled with anger..

the site is hackles,the hacker is getting anger.

Jackal who is actually a computer hacker


Short Definition : commonplace; trite

(adj) repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
Example Sentence
  • bromidic sermons
  • his remarks were trite and commonplace
  • hackneyed phrases
  • a stock answer
  • repeating threadbare jokes
  • parroting some timeworn axiom
  • the trite metaphor `hard as nails'
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for hackneyed

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concentrate on hack !!! once a hacker is ALWAYS a hacker.. he overuses his techniques.

when a software is hacked, it becomes hackneyed because then all people are able to use that program without paying for

Think hack-knee which is what happens to athletes after many years of practice. Their knees go out

hackneyed:hacking the knee problems of elders has become a common thing for doctors...

Hacking of personal info occurs if censored web sites are overused/ visited too often.

New hacks become old very soon.

Hack+neyed .once an executioner hacks a person he has to continue hacking for the rest of his life as he will become socially unacceptable

horror movie cliche; stale, unoriginal: a blonde cheerleader is HACKed at the kNEYs by the social outcast psychokiller.


Short Definition : wasted away; gaunt; Ex. haggard faces of the rescued miners

(noun) British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925) Definition
(adj) showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
Synonyms : careworn drawn raddled worn
Example Sentence
  • looking careworn as she bent over her mending
  • her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness
  • that raddled but still noble face
  • shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face
(adj) very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
Example Sentence
  • emaciated bony hands
  • a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys
  • eyes were haggard and cavernous
  • small pinched faces
  • kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for haggard

Hagrid, a character from Harry Potter is very huge HEALTHY and gigantic..haggard is the opposite of it..gaunt i.e very thin..

"Hago" means to shit or go to toilet for throwing stool. A haggard suffers from disentry (always go to toilet) so gaunt, worn out and thin. May God save him!

mathew hoggard is an effective bowler despite his haggard (or)gaunt appearance

hug the guard (looking ill or tired, often with dark skin under the eyes)

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a laggard(lazy) person always haggards(wastes) time

HAGGARD = hag + gar + d; The room is wasted due to toilet.


Short Definition : argue about prices (in an attempt to bargain)

(noun) an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining) Definition
(verb) wrangle (over a price, terms of an agreement, etc.)
Synonyms : chaffer higgle huckster
Example Sentence
  • Let's not haggle over a few dollars
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for haggle

haggle-> Hey + girl, what`s ur price.Girl ->Rs 5000. Thoda kam karo na..

aggle bar aathe thoda price kam karoo ie to argue about price

If you go to the market and sth u need is found hi-priced, you feel like to go to the toilet ('haga dhora','হাগা ধরা' in Bengali) :). So haggle means to bargain on price.

me : how much for the book? shopkeaper(sk) : 200 rs me : rate kam kar sk: haggle(hagg ley)

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Public toilet gulate hagte gele 5-10tk ney ajkal so of course you may argue.

how much to hug a girl

haagle mutale tarr paise padat nahit tyatun.. tarr kahi pann ghetana thoda wichar karaicha.. thoda bargaining karaichi..

HAGGLE = ha (yes) + gg (you) +le (take); After bargaining shopkeeper told you to take this item with that price.


Short Definition : frozen rain drop; V: salute or greet; precipitate hail

(noun) precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents Definition
(noun) many objects thrown forcefully through the air
Example Sentence
  • a hail of pebbles
  • a hail of bullets
(noun) enthusiastic greeting Definition
(verb) praise vociferously
Synonyms : acclaim herald
Example Sentence
  • The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein
(verb) be a native of
Synonyms : come
Example Sentence
  • She hails from Kalamazoo
(verb) call for
Example Sentence
  • hail a cab
(verb) greet enthusiastically or joyfully
Synonyms : herald
(verb) precipitate as small ice particles
Example Sentence
  • It hailed for an hour
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for hail

Remember the movi "Mr. India" People say "hail Mogambo"

hail in this word remember hai which means greeting

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hail - hai rain is like a frozen nail.


Short Definition : calm; peaceful; Ex. halcyon days

(noun) (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
Synonyms : alcyone
(noun) a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
Synonyms : genus halcyon
(noun) a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves Definition
(adj) idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
Example Sentence
  • a halcyon atmosphere
(adj) marked by peace and prosperity
Synonyms : golden prosperous
Example Sentence
  • a golden era
  • the halcyon days of the clipper trade
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for halcyon

halycon can be considered as opposite of cyclone...just imagine a cyclone...you will understand what I mean

halcyon sounds like "halka"...in hindi this word is used 4 "soothing or peaceful"...like in song "halka-halka sa ye nasha"...

HAL(solution)+CYON(kyon or why)...WHY we cannot find SOLUTION to kashmir issue in a CALM/PEACEFUL way

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HALcyOn = HAL can represent a HALO, which is symbolic of peace and harmony

he was very tensed.I suggested him HALKA ho ke aa (go to the toilet),,He asked KYON??I replied u wud be CALM then.

hal+cyon = hell kyun meaning hell kyun jaana hai when u r succesful and happy

halcyon: It comes close to sound like "alsi"+ian...alsi people are peaceful

imagine as ,a wild bird taking u to in its beek to make u see hell.

halcyon..sounds like ceylon,once peaceful peaceful lanka is now devoid of it due to terrorism

halcyon sounds like HULk.In that movie the hero trys to bring Peace for da world

(reading) HALL cyon means reading hall jaisa calm,peaceful....

Remember 'hale' in 'hale and hearty'. Hale means strong and healthy. When you are hale it is calm and peaceful. Remember ,'hale' and you can remember the meaning of halcyon.

halcyon - It was calm and peaceful before the hall ac on

like Falcon which reminds of the bird who is peaceful

It was peaceful on Caprica before some genius from hell created the Cylons. Before the Cylons Caprica was halcyon.

war ka hal kyon chahiey?? for peace

hal:word similar to hell, cyon: prounounced seon: so like seal,so if we seal the hell,peaceful,serenity,calmness is found


Short Definition : healthy

(noun) a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776)
Synonyms : nathan hale
(noun) United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
Synonyms : george ellery hale
(noun) prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
Synonyms : edward everett hale
(verb) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
Example Sentence
  • She forced him to take a job in the city
  • He squeezed her for information
(verb) draw slowly or heavily
Synonyms : cart drag haul
Example Sentence
  • haul stones
  • haul nets
(adj) exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
Synonyms : whole
Example Sentence
  • hale and hearty
  • whole in mind and body
  • a whole person again
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for hale

You may have often heard people saying "hale and hearty" i.e, in very good health, well and strong.


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hale sounds like well....so are you well..are you healthy???



Short Definition : exhibiting little interest or enthusiasm

(adj) feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm
Example Sentence
  • a halfhearted effort
  • gave only lukewarm support to the candidate
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for halfhearted

half+heart..so doing a work without involving your heart...without interest..

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