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het

het

See also: hét, hèt, hết, -het, het., and нет

English

Noun

het (countable and uncountable, plural hets)

  1. (countable, slang) A heterosexual person.
  2. (uncountable, fandom slang) Fan fiction based on celebrities or fictional characters involved in an opposite-sex romantic and/or sexual relationship.
    • 2005, Rhiannon Bury, Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online, Peter Lang (2005), ISBN 0820471186, page 207:
      Mary Ellen Curtin presented a paper at the 2002 Popular Culture Association conference in which she studied fanfiction archives to discover that black characters appeared far less in both het and slash fiction than white or even Latino/a characters.
    • 2006, Catherine Driscoll, "One True Pairing: The Romance of Pornography and the Pornography of Romance", in Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays (eds. Karen Hellekson & Kristina Busse), McFarland & Company (2006), ISBN 9780786426409, page 84:
      The vast majority of fan fiction is het or slash, and these types are usually defined against each other as approaches to romance and porn, marginalizing gen as something outside of the dominant concerns of fan fiction.
    • 2010, Rebecca Ward Black, "Just Don't Call Them Cartoons: The New Literacy Spaces of Anime, Manga, and Fanfiction", in Handbook of Research on New Literacies (eds. Julie Coiro, Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear, & Donald J. Leu), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2010), ISBN 9780805856514, page 595:
      Other studies explore why some women write het, or fictions with heterosexual pairings of certain couples, within canons such as Star Trek Voyager that generally inspire slash fiction (Somogyi, 2002).
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:het.
Synonyms

Adjective

het (comparative more het, superlative most het)

  1. (slang) Heterosexual.

Etymology 2

Strong conjugation of heat

Verb

het

  1. (dialect) simple past tense and past participle of heat

Adjective

het (comparative more het, superlative most het)

  1. (dialect) Heated.
Derived terms

Anagrams


Afrikaans

Alternative forms

  • 't (in informal writing, reflecting the contracted pronunciation)

Etymology

From the Dutch 3rd person singular of hebben, which is heeft in standard Dutch, but het in many dialects. Compare also German hat, English has (from older English hath).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɦɛt/
  • IPA(key): /(ə)t/ (contracted, unstressed)

Verb

het

  1. present tense of

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ət, -ɛt
  • (Belgium) IPA(key): /ət/, /ɦət/
  • (Netherlands) IPA(key): /ət/ (usually), IPA(key): /ɦɛt/ (when stressed)

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch dat, which was contracted to 't in usual speech. This form was later interpreted as being the same as the neuter pronoun het (etymology 2, see below), which was contracted in the same way. This then led to the modern form/spelling het, which some might see as being unetymological.

Article

het n

  1. the (the neuter definite article)
    het boek
    the book
    het meisje
    the girl
Derived terms
See also
Dutch definite article
Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Nominative de de het de
Genitive des der des der
Dative den der den den
Accusative den de het de

Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch het, hit, from Old Dutch it, hit, from Proto-Germanic *it, *hit.

Pronoun

het n

  1. it; third-person singular, neuter, subjective
    Het is een mooi huis, maar een beetje klein.
    It is a nice house, but a little small.
  2. it; third-person singular, neuter, objective
    Kun je het goed zien?
    Can you see it well?
    Ik doe het als jij het wilt.
    I'll do it if you want it. (i.e. "if you want me to")
    Het meisje heeft honger, geef het een boterham.
    The girl is hungry, give her a sandwich.
  3. it; impersonal
    Het is laat.
    It is late.
    Het regent alweer.
    It's raining again.
    Hoe gaat het?
    How is it going?
Usage notes

This pronoun can combine with a preposition to form a pronominal adverb. When this occurs, it is changed into its adverbial/locative counterpart er. See also Category:Dutch pronominal adverbs.

See also



Finnish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhet/
  • Hyphenation: het

Pronoun

het

  1. (personal, dialectal, including Kven) they (only of people).

Synonyms

  • he (standard Finnish)
  • hyö (dialectal)
  • net (Kven)

Middle Dutch

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old Dutch hit, it, from Proto-Germanic *hit, *it.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /het/

Pronoun

het n

  1. it

Declension

Descendants

  • Dutch: het (only the pronoun; the definite article is a weakened form of dat)

Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

  • (of adjective) heit (Nynorsk also)
  • (of verb) hette

Etymology 1

From Old Norse heitr

Adjective

het (neuter singular hett, definite singular and plural hete, comparative hetere, indefinite superlative hetest, definite superlative heteste)

  1. hot (most senses)
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Verb

het

  1. simple past of hete (Etymology 3)

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Verb

het

  1. past tense of heita and heite

Old English

Etymology

Inflected form of hātan.

Pronunciation

Verb

hēt

  1. first-person singular preterite form of hātan
  2. third-person singular preterite form of hātan

Old Saxon

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *haitaz. Compare Old English hāt, Old Frisian hēt, Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr.

Adjective

hēt

  1. hot, fierce

Declension


Descendants


Swedish

Etymology

From Old Swedish hēter, from Old Norse heitr, from Proto-Germanic *haitaz.

Pronunciation

Adjective

het (comparative hetare, superlative hetast)

  1. hot; having a very high temperature
  2. hot; feverish
  3. hot; (of food) spicy
  4. hot; radioactive
  5. hot; (slang) physically very attractive
    Den kvinnan är het!
    That woman is hot!
  6. hot; popular, in demand.

Declension

Inflection of het
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular het hetare hetast
Neuter singular hett hetare hetast
Plural heta hetare hetast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 hete hetare hetaste
All heta hetare hetaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Synonyms

Antonyms

Verb

het

  1. imperative of heta.

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English head.

Noun

het

  1. (anatomy) head
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:15 (translation here):
      Na bai mi mekim yu i stap birua bilong meri, na meri i stap birua bilong yu. Na bai mi mekim ol lain bilong yu i birua long lain bilong meri. Bai ol i krungutim het bilong yu, na bai yu kaikaim lek bilong ol.”
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