(comparative more hen, superlative most hen)
- (dialectal) Hence.
From Middle English henne, heonne, hinne, from earlier henene, heonenen, henen, from Old English heonan, hionan, heonane, heonone (“hence, from here, away, from how"), from Proto-Germanic *hina, *hinanÅ (“from here"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±e-, *á¸±ey- (“this, here"). Cognate with Dutch heen (“away"), German hin (“hence, from here"), Danish hen (“away, further, on"). See also hence.
(third-person singular simple present hens, present participle henning, simple past and past participle henned)
- (dialectal) To throw.
From hen (“hence, away"), or a variant of hench.
- A female bird.
- (specifically) A female chicken, especially one kept for its eggs.
- (slang) A woman.
- (informal) The woman whose impending marriage is being celebrated at a hen night.
From Middle English, from Old English henn, hÃ¦nn (“hen, female chicken"), from Proto-Germanic *hanjÅ (“hen"), from Proto-Indo-European *kana- (“to sing"). Cognate with Dutch hen (“hen"), German Henne (“hen"), Icelandic hÃ¦na (“hen"). Related also to Old English hana (“cock, rooster").