Definition of haaf in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɑːf/
Pronunciation: /haf/


(the haaf)
(In Orkney and Shetland) the area of sea used for deep-sea fishing.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late 18th century: from Old Norse haf 'high sea, ocean'; related to Danish hav and Swedish haf.

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