See also: Hill and hil'l'

English edit

A hill

Etymology edit

From Middle English hil, from Old English hyll (hill), from Proto-Germanic *hulliz (hill), from Proto-Indo-European *kl̥Hnís (top, hill, rock) (compare also Proto-Germanic *halluz (stone, rock)).

Cognate with Middle Dutch hille, hulle (hill), Low German hull (hill), Old Norse hóll (hill), Latin collis (hill), Lithuanian kalnas, Albanian kallumë (big pile, tall heap), Russian холм (xolm, hill), Old English holm (rising land, island). More at holm.

Pronunciation edit

  • enPR: hĭl, IPA(key): /hɪl/, [hɪɫ]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪl
  • Homophone: he'll (in some dialects)

Noun edit

hill (plural hills)

  1. An elevated landmass smaller than a mountain.
    The park is sheltered from the wind by a hill to the east.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  2. A sloping road.
    You need to pick up speed to get up the hill that's coming up.
  3. (US) A heap of earth surrounding a plant.
  4. (US) A single cluster or group of plants growing close together, and having the earth heaped up about them.
    a hill of corn or potatoes
  5. (baseball) The pitcher’s mound.
  6. The raised portion of the surface of a vinyl record.
    Antonym: dale

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Verb edit

hill (third-person singular simple present hills, present participle hilling, simple past and past participle hilled)

  1. To form into a heap or mound.
  2. To heap or draw earth around plants.
    • 1977, Gene Weltfish, The Lost Universe: Pawnee Life and Culture, page 102:
      After the seeds were inserted, the earth was hilled up all around into a smooth little mound.

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Noun edit


  1. Alternative form of hele (hill)
      Fearnee Hill.
      Ferny Hill.

References edit

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 39