Definition of goaf in English:

goaf

(also goaft, gove)

noun

  • 1A rick or stack of corn, straw, etc., in a barn. Also: the quantity of corn, straw, etc., stacked up and stored in one bay or division of a barn. Compare "hay-goaf", "mow". English regional (chiefly East Anglian) in later use. Now rare.

  • 2English regional (East Anglian). "to ride the goaf": to ride a horse on top of a goaf in order to compress it and make it more compact. Now chiefly historical.

noun

English Regional, Northern
Coal Mining
  • An empty space from which coal has been extracted in a longwall mine, sometimes filled with waste material.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Promptorium Parvulorum. From early Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic gólf floor, bay in a building, Old Swedish golf floor (Swedish golv floor, bay in a building), Old Danish gulv floor, bay in a building (Danish gulv floor, (regional) room, bay of a barn, barn)), further etymology uncertain<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia. Origin unknown.

Pronunciation

goaf

/ɡəʊf/