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Ha. interject. [ha, Latin.]

  1. An expression of wonder, surprise, sudden question, or sudden exertion.

    You shall look fairer ere I give or hazard:
    What says the golden chest? ha! let me see.
    Shakesp.

    Ha! what art thou! thou horrid headless trunk!
    It is my Hastings!
    Rowe's Jane Shore.

  2. An expression of laughter.

    He saith among the trumpets ha, ha, and he smelleth the battle afar off. Job xxxix. 25.

    Ha, ha, 'tis what so long I wish'd and vow'd;
    Our plots and delusions
    Have wrought such confusions,
    That the monarch's a slave to the crowd.
    Dryd. Albion.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Job (27) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Rowe, Nicholas (21)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Ha." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 4, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1845.


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