Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the hollow behind the knee
  • v. To hamstring
  • n. Archaic spelling of hoe.
  • v. Archaic spelling of hoe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as hock, a joint.
  • n. An adz; a hoe.
  • transitive v. Same as hock, to hamstring.
  • transitive v. To cut with a hoe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See hock.
  • n. A variant of how.

Etymologies

From Old English hōh. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English howe, from Anglo-Norman houe, from Old Low Franconian *houwa (cf. Middle Dutch houwe), from *houwan 'to hew'. More at hew. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • from Piracy (by Adrian Johns):
    "Tradesmen with English goods were tarred and feathered, and angry apprentices began 'houghing' soldiers (cutting their hamstrings), which was immediately made a capital offense."

    March 23, 2011

  • "'What's to eat, then?' he asked, sniffing hopefully.

    'Depends on what ye've brought,' his sister replied. ... 'If ye've brought meat, we'll have it. If not, it's brose and hough.'"
    —Diana Gabaldon, Voyager (NY: Dell, 1994), 61

    January 14, 2010

  • Rhymes with lock. Crazy.

    January 31, 2007