hough

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English hōh.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hough (plural houghs)

  1. the hollow behind the knee
    • 1922: In the bright light, lightened and cooled in limb, he eyed carefully his black trousers, the ends, the knees, the houghs of the knees. — James Joyce, Ulysses

Verb[edit]

hough (third-person singular simple present houghs, present participle houghing, simple past and past participle houghed)

  1. To hamstring

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

See hoe.

Noun[edit]

hough (plural houghs)

  1. Archaic spelling of hoe.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Stillingfleet to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

hough (third-person singular simple present houghs, present participle houghing, simple past and past participle houghed)

  1. Archaic spelling of hoe.
    • 1748, James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence, K:LV
      "Better the toiling Swain, oh happier far!
      Perhaps the happieſt of the Sons of Men!
      Who vigorous plies the Plough, the Team, or Car;
      Who houghs the Field, or ditches in the Glen,
      Delves in his Garden, or ſecures his Pen."