Definition of howff in English:

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Pronunciation: /haʊf/


A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub.
Example sentences
  • He was well known for carousing, of course, and described the Globe Inn in the town as his favourite howff.
  • FEW rockets have had such a spectacular send-off as Hamish Henderson, folklorist, poet and habitue of howffs, who died just over a week ago, aged 82.
  • James Boswell merrily recorded a typical night out in Edinburgh's teeming howffs in 1772.


Mid 16th century (as the name of the main burial ground in Dundee): of unknown origin.

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