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.
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
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.

Words that rhyme with hough

ad hoc, amok, Bangkok, baroque, belle époque, bloc, block, bock, brock, chock, chock-a-block, clock, doc, dock, floc, flock, frock, hock, interlock, jock, knock, langue d'oc, lock, Locke, Médoc, mock, nock, o'clock, pock, post hoc, roc, rock, schlock, shock, smock, sock, Spock, stock, wok, yapok

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