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haphazard

Short Definition : random; by chance; happening in an unplanned manner; Ex. haphazard growth of the town

Definition
(adj) dependent upon or characterized by chance
Synonyms : hit-or-miss
Example Sentence
  • a haphazard plan of action
  • his judgment is rather hit-or-miss
Definition
(adj) marked by great carelessness
Synonyms : slapdash slipshod sloppy
Example Sentence
  • a most haphazard system of record keeping
  • slapdash work
  • slipshod spelling
  • sloppy workmanship
Definition
(adv) without care; in a slapdash manner
Synonyms : haphazardly
Example Sentence
  • the Prime Minister was wearing a grey suit and a white shirt with a soft collar, but his neck had become thinner and the collar stood away from it as if it had been bought haphazard
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for haphazard

HAP + HAZARD where HAZARD means epidemic spread due to great carelessness.

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(half wizard) if u meet half wizard BY CHANCE you will c the thing ae moving in RANDOM or IN UNPLANNED MANNER

hapless

Short Definition : unfortunate; luckless

Definition
(adj) deserving or inciting pity
Example Sentence
  • a hapless victim
  • miserable victims of war
  • the shabby room struck her as extraordinarily pathetic
  • piteous appeals for help
  • pitiable homeless children
  • a pitiful fate
  • Oh, you poor thing
  • his poor distorted limbs
  • a wretched life
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for hapless

relate it to helpless

'Hap' – luck …’ hapless’ - unlucky.

break it to happyness +less so a person who is not happy is unfortunate

Hapless - Recently there was an earthquake in Haiti which destroyed most of that country so we can say ----> Residents of Haiti were hapless. HA is in Haiti and hapless both

HAPPY-LESS

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Due to rain race lap is less so no chance or luck of winning

"oh no, I wish this HAPpened LESS! I'm so unfortunate"

harangue

Short Definition : long, passionate, and vehement speech; V.

Definition
(noun) a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
Synonyms : rant ranting
Definition
(verb) deliver a harangue to; address forcefully
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for harangue

HARANGUE can be split as har + ang + u + e....so when YOU are ANGry with HAR(her), she is subjected to a long or intensive verbal attack.

HAR (her) + ANGUE (anger) = she VERBALLY ATTACKED me because of HER ANGER at me.

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split it to HAR + LANGUE . HAR = harrass and LANG = language .. hence harangue is harassing language

sounds like HARAYENGE(we will beat them)....Imagine that our leaders are giving earnest speech on how we are going to beat terrorism....

Har angle se anger hai us harangue bhasan me to.

it sounds like hang.. when some1 hangs, he/she remains in the same state for long..

HAR - RANG ... her angry voice RANG in my ears.

Harangue like an Orang-it-ange while giving a pompous speech.

its sounds like,her ring.imagine u in a gathering and u r expressing ur feelings and emotions loudly and boldly to ur gf.

usne itna lamba speech diya ki mai HARANGUE(amazed) ho gaya.

harangue = har (her) + angue(angry); when she is in angry mode scroll everyone harshly.

harass

Short Definition : annoy by repeated attacks

Definition
(verb) annoy continually or chronically
Example Sentence
  • He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked
  • This man harasses his female co-workers
Definition
(verb) exhaust by attacking repeatedly
Example Sentence
  • harass the enemy
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for harass

the girl was harassed because her ass was huge

harbinger

Short Definition : forerunner (which foreshadows what is to come)

Definition
(noun) something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone Definition
(verb) foreshadow or presage
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for harbinger

sounds like HER + FINGER, she shows me what is about to happen by gesturing with her finger.

Harbinger - Imagine Harbhajan announcing the arrival of the Indian Team into the ground, because he is the frontline spinner.. a frontrunner

An SINGING angel with a HARP is a sign of the afterlife to come.

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When the ship arrives it will enter the HARBOR IN the JAR

harbhajan finger got broken and i portend india's loss

horror bringer..wd bad omen

harbor

Short Definition : give protection (by giving food and shelter); provide a refuge for; hide; keep in mind (thoughts or feelings); Ex. harbor a grudge/criminal; N: place of shelter; refuge

Definition
(noun) a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
Synonyms : harbour haven seaport
Definition
(noun) a place of refuge and comfort and security
Synonyms : harbour
Definition
(verb) maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)
Example Sentence
  • bear a grudge
  • entertain interesting notions
  • harbor a resentment
Definition
(verb) secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
Synonyms : harbour
Definition
(verb) keep in one's possession; of animals
Synonyms : harbour
Definition
(verb) hold back a thought or feeling about
Synonyms : harbour shield
Example Sentence
  • She is harboring a grudge against him
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for harbor

harbor is a place where ships stand, in Mumbai, most of the criminals and REFUGE find SHELTER there

During storm harbor is the protection for ship and sailor.

hardy

Short Definition : (of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to stand inclement(stormy) weather

Definition
(noun) United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)
Synonyms : oliver hardy
Definition
(noun) English novelist and poet (1840-1928)
Synonyms : thomas hardy
Definition
(adj) having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
Synonyms : stalwart stout sturdy
Example Sentence
  • hardy explorers of northern Canada
  • proud of her tall stalwart son
  • stout seamen
  • sturdy young athletes
Definition
(adj) able to survive under unfavorable weather conditions
Example Sentence
  • strawberries are hardy and easy to grow
  • camels are tough and hardy creatures
Definition
(adj) invulnerable to fear or intimidation
Example Sentence
  • audacious explorers
  • fearless reporters and photographers
  • intrepid pioneers
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for hardy

Remember Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy..They seem 2 b robust,audacious guys

HARD-hardy is very hard

HARDY boys were very strong and robust...

harrowing

Short Definition : agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth

Definition
(adj) extremely painful
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for harrowing

harrow - sounds like sorrow and sorrow leads to agony, so........

h + arrow - if you are h(it) with an 'arrow' it would be harrowing

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harrow....narrow...so a narrow minded husband could be very agonizing for u.

harrow:narrow: A narrow minded FARMER can be agonizing for both earth and wife.

harrow sounds like narrow... a narrow death escape can be shocking and upseting...

HAR+ROING(cry)....its greatly distressing to lose and cry after losing

harrowing means digging up the earth in relation to farming.. in relation to human behaviour, its eating up and ring up agony and great pain..

haro(after u lose a game) u r harrowinh

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