Definition of aitch in English:


(British haitch)

Pronunciation /āCH/ /eɪtʃ/

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  • The letter H.

    ‘A diffident young man swung a boot and rather apologetically struck an egg-shaped ball through a large wooden aitch - and by doing so, changed the nature of England sport.’
    • ‘All the dictionaries in my house agree that aitch is correct.’
    • ‘Aitch is the most interesting name of a letter.’
    • ‘Occasionally, the aitch was not retained.’
    • ‘The only words in the book spelt with an aitch are his name Haigh, and the town Huddersfield, which of course are pronounced Aigh and Uddersfleld.’


    drop one's aitches
    • Fail to pronounce the letter h at the beginning of words, a common feature of dialect speech.

      ‘Are we the only ones who drop our aitches and do we really say ‘were’ instead of ` was’.’
      • ‘If a policeman writes in why does he have to drop his aitches and sound gruff and arrogant?’
      • ‘When the soldier speaks he drops his aitches and several other letters.’
      • ‘The character tended to drop his aitches, yielding I never ‘ad it, so I'd ‘ad it as far as judgin’ was concerned.’
      • ‘‘It's all very well for Blair to slur his consonants and drop his aitches, but that's all put on.’’
      • ‘Commoner Bevin still occasionally drops his aitches; during the war he whipped on his workers with ‘Give ‘itler ‘ell!’’
      • ‘Unlike so many of the older Portuguese he did not drop his aitches; but for all that he used quaint, evocative words, like potah potah for puddle, and seemed to belong to a hermetical world neither Guyanese nor foreign.’
      • ‘He's another one who drops his aitches.’
      • ‘She apparently also has the nicknames ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Fabulous,’ which means that poor Matt has to say those words like shibboleths, or like Eliza Doolittle trying not to drop her aitches.’
      • ‘Why do people moan about people dropping their aitches?’


Mid 16th century from Old French ache.