: a low-lying meadow by the side of a river

Word History


early Scots hawgh, hauch, going back to halch, halech (in Latin documents), going back to Old English healh, halch "corner, recess," of uncertain origin

Note: The Old English word is traditionally taken to be related to holh "cavity, hole" (see hollow entry 2), but if holh continues *hulh-a- and healh *halh-a- there is no certain relationship.

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haugh was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Haugh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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