A topographic surname for someone residing in a house (as opposed to a hut) or in a religious house.
- In an extremely speedy manner:
ran away like a house on fire; tickets that sold like a house afire.
- At the expense of the establishment; free:
food and drinks on the house.
- To organize one's affairs in a sensible, logical way.
- to receive enthusiastic applause from the audience
- to clean and put a home in order
- to get rid of all unwanted things, undesirable conditions, etc.
Other Word Forms of House
Origin of House
From Middle English hous, hus, from Old English hūs (“dwelling, shelter, house”), from Proto-Germanic *hūsą (compare West Frisian hûs, Dutch huis, Low German Huus, German Haus, Danish hus), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keus-, from *(s)keu- 'to hide'. More at hose.
Middle English hous from Old English hūs
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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