Definition of hough in English:



  • 1

    variant spelling of hock (sense 1)
    1. 1.1 A joint of meat consisting of the part extending from the hock some way up the leg.
      • ‘This was proper ham hough, with a fabulous gamey taste and not at all salty.’
      • ‘The starters were poor, though, a thinnish seafood broth with chunks of tinned tomato expiring at the bottom and a ham hough terrine that, while chunkily rustic, contained too much gristle for comfort.’
      • ‘Potted hough is a Scottish delicacy which remains highly popular.’


[with object]British
  • Disable (a person or animal) by cutting the hamstrings.

    ‘his cattle were houghed in the night’
    • ‘And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.’
    • ‘The four had been accused ‘of theft, inbringing of thieves, murder, mutilation, fireraising, [and] houghing of oxe.’’


Old English hōh ‘heel’, of Germanic origin; related to heel.