Definition of hough in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɒk


1 variant spelling of hock1 (sense 1).
1.1A joint of meat consisting of the part extending from the hock some way up the leg.
More example sentences
  • The starters were poor, though, a thinnish seafood broth with chunks of tinned tomato expiring at the bottom and a ham hough terrine that, while chunkily rustic, contained too much gristle for comfort.
  • Potted hough is a Scottish delicacy which remains highly popular.
  • This was proper ham hough, with a fabulous gamey taste and not at all salty.


[with object] archaic Back to top  
Disable (a person or animal) by cutting the hamstrings: his cattle were houghed in the night
More example sentences
  • And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
  • The four had been accused ‘of theft, inbringing of thieves, murder, mutilation, fireraising, [and] houghing of oxe.’


Old English hōh 'heel', of Germanic origin; related to heel1.

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