Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots A low-lying meadow in a river valley.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A low-lying meadow by the side of a river.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low-lying meadow by the side of a river.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lowlying flat ground, properly on the border of a river, and such as is sometimes overflowed.

Etymologies

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)
Old English healh ("corner, nook"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Life of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen — Volume 1

  • 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

    The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals. Vol. 2

  • 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.

    Jean's Knitting

  • 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.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • 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.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Presently I was down from the moorlands and traversing the broad haugh of a river.

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • 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.

    Waverley

  • So, there they come through the Netherwood haugh; upon my word, fine-looking fellows, and capitally mounted. —

    Old Mortality

  • 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.

    Old Mortality

  • “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!”

    Old Mortality

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