A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub.
- 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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