American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Scots A low-lying meadow in a river valley.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lowlying flat ground, properly on the border of a river, and such as is sometimes overflowed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Prov. Eng. & Scot. A low-lying meadow by the side of a river.
- Old English healh ("corner, nook"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English hawch, from Old English healh, secret place, small hollow; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On a green "haugh" beneath what is known as the Burnbraes, within a short distance of Lynedoch Cottage, may be seen the carefully-kept double grave of two girls heroines of Scotch song, who died there of the "pest," from which they were fleeing.”
“I am labouring here to contradict an old proverb, and make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, namely, to convert a bare 'haugh' and 'brae', of about”
“In addition, there is a strip of land down by the burn (and occasionally flooded by it) -- – I think it would qualify as a haugh -- which was once held in common by three proprietors.”
“Their parade was, according to circumstances, a low haugh at the nether end of the ruinous hamlet, or the esplanade in the front of the old castle; and, in either case, the direct longitude of their promenade never exceeded a hundred yards.”
“The eldest of the sons is a general officer, in the service of the King of the two Sicilies; a man of equal honour and bravery, but passionate and haugh-ty, valuing himself on his descent.”
“Presently I was down from the moorlands and traversing the broad haugh of a river.”
“The margin of the brook, opposite to the garden, displayed a narrow meadow, or haugh, as it was called, which formed a small washing-green; the bank, which retired behind it, was covered by ancient trees.”
“So, there they come through the Netherwood haugh; upon my word, fine-looking fellows, and capitally mounted. —”
“The sheriff of the county of Lanark was holding the wappen-schaw of a wild district, called the Upper Ward of Clydesdale, on a haugh or level plain, near to a royal borough, the name of which is no way essential to my story, on the morning of the 5th of May, 1679, when our narrative commences.”
““O, the lands of Milnwood! — the bonny lands of Milnwood, that have been in the name of Morton twa hundred years!” exclaimed his uncle; “they are barking and fleeing, outfield and infield, haugh and holme!””
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