See also: half and half-




  1. half
  2. a little, a bit; fairly
    Ég er hálfsmeykur við hann.
    I'm a bit afraid of him.
  3. (time) half; half-past the hour before
    Ég kem klukkan hálfsjö.
    I'll be there at half-past six.

Usage notesEdit

  • Often used in adjectives, nouns, and with participles; but rarely in verbs.

Derived termsEdit

Usage notesEdit

  • Writing compound terms prefixed with hálf- as hyphenated is allowed (along with all-, jafn- and lang-):[1]
    Hún var hálf-utan við sig.
    She was fairly absent-minded.


  1. ^ XIII. Bandstrik ("hyphens")