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Words ending with HAD - Front hooks

Possible Front Hook(s)
chad, shad

Words starting with HAD - Back hooks

Possible Back Hook(s)
hade, hadj, hads

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HAD in crossword

HAD as solution

Letters of HAD

consonantsd, h
anagramsadh, dah


Meaning of HAD

\Had\, imp. & p. p. of {Have}. [OE. had, hafde, hefde, AS.


See {Have}.

{Had as lief}, {Had rather}, {Had better}, {Had as soon},

etc., with a nominative and followed by the infinitive

without to, are well established idiomatic forms. The

original construction was that of the dative with forms of

be, followed by the infinitive. See {Had better}, under


And lever me is be pore and trewe. [And more

agreeable to me it is to be poor and true.] --C.

Mundi (Trans.


Him had been lever to be syke. [To him it had been

preferable to be sick.] --Fabian.

For him was lever have at his bed's head Twenty

bookes, clad in black or red, . . . Than robes rich,

or fithel, or gay sawtrie. --Chaucer.

Note: Gradually the nominative was substituted for the

dative, and had for the forms of be. During the process

of transition, the nominative with was or were, and the

dative with had, are found.

Poor lady, she were better love a dream. --Shak.

You were best hang yourself. --Beau. & Fl.

Me rather had my heart might feel your love Than

my unpleased eye see your courtesy. --Shak.

I hadde levere than my scherte, That ye hadde rad

his legende, as have I. --Chaucer.

I had as lief not be as live to be In awe of such

a thing as I myself. --Shak.

I had rather be a dog and bay the moon, Than such

a Roman. --Shak.

I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my

God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.