[ hag-is ]
/ ˈhæg ɪs /

noun Chiefly Scot.

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.

Nearby words

  1. haggai,
  2. haggard,
  3. haggard, sir henry rider,
  4. haggardly,
  5. hagged,
  6. haggle,
  7. hagi,
  8. hagia,
  9. hagia sophia,
  10. hagia sophia, cathedral of

Origin of haggis

1375–1425; late Middle English hageys < Anglo-French *hageis, equivalent to hag- (root of haguer to chop, hash < Middle Dutch hacken to hack1) + -eis noun suffix used in cookery terms

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for haggis

British Dictionary definitions for haggis


/ (ˈhæɡɪs) /


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

Word Origin for haggis

C15: perhaps from haggen to hack 1

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for haggis



dish of chopped entrails, c.1400, now chiefly Scottish, but it was common throughout Middle English, perhaps from Old French agace "magpie," on analogy of the odds and ends the bird collects. The other theory [Klein, Watkins] traces it to Old English haggen "to chop" (see hack (v.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper