Definition of half pint in US English:

half pint


  • 1Half of a pint.

    • ‘Barmaids used to put up to 100 half pints in pint glasses before the doors opened at 6.30 pm ready to top 'em up and save time as the thirsty throng descended on the bar.’
    • ‘For many years, groups of runners have gathered in the village to race from pub to pub, drinking a half pint of beer at each.’
    • ‘As a concession to health, he then switched to half pints and even refused a Scotch pie from the chuckwagon although temptation was writ large on his face.’
    • ‘I had a half pint of cider which was cheap and not too intense for a Monday night.’
    • ‘Wrapped only in a towel, she walked in her room and just about screamed when she saw Stephanie sitting on her bed with a half pint of chocolate mint cookie ice cream, her favorite.’
    • ‘It was in many ways an arduous social life, standing on one's feet for hours at a time, drinking endless half pints of beer.’
    • ‘Oneida also packages Lactaid in half pints for nursing homes and schools, as well as singleserve creamers for foodservice, under the Hood brand and private labels for restaurants.’
    • ‘I took a lovely walk through St Stephen's Green and then had a half pint of Guinness.’
    • ‘The honeymooners dined in the hotel restaurant where half a bottle of wine cost 5s 6d and two half pints of IPA beer 2s 4d.’
    • ‘One unit of alcohol is the equivalent of a half pint of beer.’
    • ‘The bar staff were rushed off their feet getting cokes and half pints for everyone who then turned round and watched Friends on the TV screen over the fruit machines.’
    • ‘I poured a half pint of petrol directly into the carburetor.’
    • ‘Paying in just an extra one pound per day, less than the price of a half pint of beer, will save a further 22,456 in interest payments and knock off three years and eight months from the term of the mortgage.’
    • ‘A Friday night pub crawl with a half pint in each of those would have left you more than slightly inebriated.’
    • ‘We traipsed down to the Whole for a bottle of wine, a half pint of whipping cream, and some Niçoise olives - a very promising trio.’
    • ‘Tours, which cost £2.15, run throughout the day - and include the chance to sample a half pint of your favourite tipple.’
    • ‘Yaqoob said he only drank a few half pints of lager on the afternoon of November 11 and blamed medication he took for diabetes for pushing him over the limit.’
    • ‘Promotion included billboards, posters, side-panel advertising on half gallons and half pints and four pre-show balloon launches to spark public interest.’
    • ‘My bill was roughly $15 (including a half pint of beer).’
    • ‘In the next house, or maybe it's the ninth, Maxim drinks another half pint of cherry brandy, and things get even more colourful.’
  • 2informal A small or insignificant person or animal.

    • ‘"You're not very big nor strong, little Half-Pint."’
    • ‘It's a rich, buttermilk bath bottled by the pint for your half pint.’


  • Very small; diminutive.

    • ‘As is the use of famous NASCAR faces to ridicule and rip our half pint hero a new exhaust pipe.’
    • ‘I really don't think anyone could survive it, especially that half pint guardian.’


half pint

/ˈhaf ˌpīnt//ˈhæf ˌpaɪnt/