Definitions

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  • n. In the Shetland Islands, the act of deep-sea fishing for fish such as cod, ling, and tusk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The deep-sea fishing for cod, ling, and tusk, off the Shetland Isles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A deep-sea fishing-ground.

Etymologies

From Scandinavian haaf ("haaf"), from Icelandic haf ("the sea"), and Danish hav. (Can we verify(+) this etymology?) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even the Mayo Clinic in MN get underpaid on its Medicare patients. janis haaf

    Emanuel faces liberal pressure over 'trigger' comments

  • An afore she'd swallied a haaf o 'hors she said, "Aa wad rethur hev gin".

    Wor Nannys a Mazer

  • Hoff, howff, haaf, and haven, are all modifications of the same word.

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  • It was a fair summer afternoon, and the fishing boats were returning from the far haaf [1] laden with spoil.

    Viking Boys

  • Shortly before Yaspard and Signy left Collaster on that unfortunate expedition, the young Laird of Lunda was called from the Ha 'to interview some shipwrecked men who had been found by a haaf-boat on one of the sound skerries.

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  • A great deal of time would have been lost if the haaf-boat had carried him into Boden voe, so Tom good-naturedly requested to be put ashore at the nearest point, determined to walk across the island to Moolapund.

    Viking Boys

  • Next morning the haaf-boat returned to Burra Isle, and at the same time

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  • More than once our lads had spoken a haaf-boat, and sent messages to

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  • He was carefully conveyed to the boat; the _Osprey_ was safely beached, high and dry, and loaded with stones to prevent her being buffeted by the winds again, until such time as she could be removed; and the boys, with lightened hearts, scrambled into the haaf-boat, carrying with them all their campaigning effects.

    Viking Boys

  • It tuk him back too, but he gettin round after a bit, an 'he tacklet me agen, an' we had it back'ard and for'ard betwixt us for a good haaf hour.

    That Lass O' Lowrie's 1877

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