(used to imitate the bark of a dog).
Historical Examples

By the time I got away from ‘im I was ‘arf stunned; an’ I ‘ad to go again in the evenin’!
General Bramble Andr Maurois

No, miss, not yet—only ‘arf of me, the other ‘arf belongs upstairs.
Oh! Susannah! Mark Ambient

When I left he’d got ‘arf a bottle of whisky in front of ‘im.’
Keeping Watch W.W. Jacobs

There’s many a swell bloke ‘ud give ‘arf a dollar for that to put ‘is baccy in.
Harding’s luck E. [Edith] Nesbit

He didn’t ‘arf chaff me, and away I comes, leaving him on guard for the last time.
The Riddle of the Mysterious Light Mary E. Hanshew

He was in ‘ere only ‘arf an hour ago, standing in this very bar.
Ship’s Company, The Entire Collection W.W. Jacobs

“‘That’ll be ‘arf a pint,” said Erb, always the business man.
Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

I ‘ad to walk all the way, and, by the time I got there, I was ‘arf melted.
Ship’s Company, The Entire Collection W.W. Jacobs

“I waited for ‘im four-an’-an-‘arf ‘ours, an’ ‘e didn’t turn up,” she informed me next day.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, June 2, 1920 Various

Not arf such a curiosity as if it ‘ad ‘ad a black ‘ed be’ind.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 109, July 6, 1895 Various

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