One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cold sea fog on the east coast of England or Scotland.
haze, fog, smog, murk, cloud, cloudiness, mistiness, scotch mist, vapour, drizzle, sprayView synonyms
- ‘Taken five miles from the ground, white streaks of methane fog float over the surface like a kind of haar, partly covering scattered islands in the sea.’
- ‘The east coast weather gods conspired to roll in the haar off the North Sea in a north to north easterly breeze of force three to four, making race management a gargantuan task.’
- ‘A soft haar drifts over the water and the midnight sky is streaked with grey midsummer light.’
- ‘The low moan of a foghorn across miles of greyness, the slap of waves breaking against a gently rocking hull in the dark, the slow creak of rusting quayside machinery in the wind beckon through the haar.’
- ‘Cox threatens to be almost as impenetrable as the haar rolling in over the Edinburgh skyline.’
Late 17th century: perhaps from Old Norse hárr ‘hoar, hoary’.
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