[had-uh k]

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.

Origin of haddock

1275–1325; Middle English haddok; see -ock
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Examples from the Web for haddock

Historical Examples of haddock

  • Put the stuffing in the haddock, and fasten it with a small skewer.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • The city critters are all hungry for haddock, and that's just what we hit to-day.

  • There was a haddock in it, if you'll believe me, for Master's breakfast, so of course I saved it for him.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • A Januar' haddock, a Februar' bannock, and a March pint o' ale.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • But he got two haddock and more whiting than he wanted to carry home.

British Dictionary definitions for haddock


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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