Definition of haaf in English:
(In Orkney and Shetland) the area of sea used for deep-sea fishing.
- The haaf floats to the top; the netsman turns his back to the tide, kills the fish with his ‘mell’, or mallet, and flings it into a special compartment - while concentrating on not being swept away by the strong tidal flow.
- Under this system the able-bodied men of the croft were away from the land for long periods engaged in the haaf or deep-sea fishing in the summer months and the herring fishing from spring until late summer.
- The Haaf net which also rests on the sea bed is supported by a fisherman.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia