[ had-uh k ]
/ ˈhæd ək /

noun, plural (especially collectively) had·dock, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) had·docks.

a North Atlantic food fish, Melanogrammus aeglefinus, of the cod family.
the rosefish, Sebastes marinus.

Nearby words

  1. hadarim,
  2. hadas,
  3. hadassah,
  4. hadaway,
  5. haddington,
  6. haddon,
  7. haddonfield,
  8. hade,
  9. hadean,
  10. hadean time

Origin of haddock

1275–1325; Middle English haddok; see -ock

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British Dictionary definitions for haddock


/ (ˈhædək) /

noun plural -docks or -dock

a North Atlantic gadoid food fish, Melanogrammus aeglefinus: similar to but smaller than the cod

Word Origin for haddock

C14: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for haddock



late 13c., of unknown origin. Old French hadot and Gaelic adag, sometimes cited as sources, were apparently borrowed from English. OED regards the suffix as perhaps a diminutive.

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