Hean vs Hearn - What's the difference?

hean | hearn |

As an adjective hean

is (obsolete) mean; abject; poor; humble; lowly.

As a verb hean

is (obsolete) to treat with contumely; insult; humiliate; debase; lower.

As a proper noun hearn is




Alternative forms

* (l)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) hene, from (etyl) .


(en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Mean; abject; poor; humble; lowly.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) henen, from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To treat with contumely; insult; humiliate; debase; lower.
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  • (dialectal)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1857, author=S. H. Hammond, title=Wild Northern Scenes, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I've hearn it said that when a man has eaten a hearty dinner, and goes to sleep with the hot sun pourin' right down on him, he's apt to see and hear a good many strange things before he wakes up. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=Charles Felton Pidgin, title=Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="'Tis a trifle early, but I hearn tell that lyin' makes people hungry." }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1910, author=Grace MacGowan Cooke, title=The Power and the Glory, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Like enough he's hearn of that silver mine, and that's the reason he's after Johnnie." }}


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