Definition of haggis in English:



  • A Scottish dish consisting of a sheep's or calf's offal mixed with suet, oatmeal, and seasoning and boiled in a bag, traditionally one made from the animal's stomach.

    • ‘The company then stands and toasts the haggis with a glass of whisky.’
    • ‘There's no such animal as a haggis, and inevitably, there's no such thing as a haggis hunting season.’
    • ‘The bride has a Scottish family, which blessed the occasion with bagpipers and haggis.’
    • ‘Modern haggis generally has beef suet rather than mutton fat, and cayenne pepper or nutmeg are usual additions.’
    • ‘I had heard of its reputation from my business partner, and he finally persuaded me to buy a haggis there for Burns Night in January.’
    • ‘An order was hastily placed with a local chippie for 55 haggis and chips and was almost met, falling just two suppers short.’
    • ‘Although that's a major quibble, the venison haggis was incredibly good and not to be missed under any circumstances.’
    • ‘The haggis was excellently meaty and well complemented by the sauce and shallots.’
    • ‘After a formal dinner including haggis the mayor talked about his hopes for the town.’
    • ‘As the only Scot in the company, it was my duty to address the haggis, which we had brought with us in tins.’
    • ‘The most common mistaken belief about the haggis is that it is some kind of pudding made from sheep innards.’
    • ‘At the more formal bashes, the haggis is piped in, but not every dinner party can find a fluent bagpiper at this short notice.’
    • ‘Main courses range from sandwiches and burgers to well-presented comfort food such as haddock and chips and haggis, neeps and tatties.’
    • ‘Toasting a haggis, reciting Scottish poetry and sampling five malt whiskies are just some of the activities planned.’
    • ‘I have had a shrink-wrapped haggis in my fridge for at least a year.’
    • ‘Remove haggis and cover with nutmeg, iron filings and whisky.’
    • ‘A hush fell over the room as, silver salvers held high, they piped in the haggis.’
    • ‘Heat a small haggis according to the butcher's instructions, then scoop some onto a crouton.’
    • ‘You can even pour some - following an old tradition - on top of your haggis.’
    • ‘The steak combined the double whammy of being simultaneously tasteless and chewy, while the haggis was simply superb.’


Late Middle English: probably from earlier hag hack, hew from Old Norse hǫggva.