[ hag-is ]

nounChiefly Scot.
  1. a traditional pudding made of the heart, liver, etc., of a sheep or calf, minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the animal.

Origin of haggis

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English hageys, from unattested Anglo-French hageis, equivalent to hag- (root of haguer “to chop, hash,” from Middle Dutch hacken “to hack1) ” + -eis noun suffix used in cooking terms

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How to use haggis in a sentence

  • Robert Burns, who has sung of the haggis and the whisky of his native land, has only made indirect mention of porridge.

    Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
  • Even that national source of joy, "great chieftain of the pudding-race," the haggis, has its name from the French hachis.

  • I 'll no deny she was a bra sauncie woman, and kenned weel to make a haggis wi' an ape's head and shoulders.

  • After an hour Bobby woke long enough to eat a generous plate of that delectable and highly nourishing Scotch dish known as haggis.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • The mess we had joined was largely Scotch, so we decided we must make a haggis, that "chieftain of the pudden race."

    War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt

British Dictionary definitions for haggis


/ (ˈhæɡɪs) /

  1. a Scottish dish made from sheep's or calf's offal, oatmeal, suet, and seasonings boiled in a skin made from the animal's stomach

Origin of haggis

C15: perhaps from haggen to hack 1

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