[houf, ouf; hohf, ohf]Scot.
- an abode; a familiar shelter or resort.
- to reside.
- to visit a familiar haunt.
Origin of howff
First recorded in 1555–65; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for howff
The company had not long left the Howff, as Blane's public-house was called, when the trumpets and kettle-drums sounded.Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
Now when his too apprehensive nerves were frightened by bugbears in his lonely room he could be off to the Howff and escape them.
Harm himself he did, for you could not associate with Jock M'Craw and the like without drinking in every howff you came across.
"'Risu inepto res ineptior nulla est,'" said Tarmillan, who was on one of his rare visits to the Howff.
When they left the Howff they went to Gillespie's and drank more, and after that they roamed about the town.