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]

See hoe ‎(agricultural tool).

Pronunciation[edit]

As 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."