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ˈhaf-ˌpīnt How to pronounce half-pint (audio)
: half a pint
: a short, small, or inconsequential person


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: of less than average size : diminutive

Examples of half-pint in a Sentence

Noun when I called the company to complain, I was shuttled from one half-pint to the next Adjective one of those half-pint refrigerators that are designed for small apartments
Recent Examples on the Web
On a recent Tuesday at the Counting House, a Fuller’s pub in the City of London, two half-pints of Lucky Saint yielded a bill of £7 including VAT, with no add-ons, handled with a simple tap of the card. Anthony Palazzo, Fortune Europe, 10 May 2024 Ladle into clean wide-mouth half-pint freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 May 2024 Leticia Ashley, 38, a member of the Navajo Nation, is accused of drinking a half-pint of Fireball liquor in July 2022 before getting behind the wheel with her four children inside, according to a March 6 news release by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico. Paloma Chavez, Sacramento Bee, 7 Mar. 2024 Test Kitchen Tip This DIY condiment makes seven half-pints. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Dec. 2023 Milk was 25 cents a qt., coffee cream 23 cents a half-pint. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Dec. 2023 Cook Time: 45 mins Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins Yield: 6 half-pint jars In the South, peach jam is the ideal way to revel in summer's sweet flavors just a little bit longer. Rishon Hanners, Southern Living, 30 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of half-pint was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Half-pint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half-pint. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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