[ houf, ouf; hohf, ohf ]

  1. an abode; a familiar shelter or resort.

verb (used without object)
  1. to reside.

  2. to visit a familiar haunt.

Origin of howff

First recorded in 1555–65; origin uncertain

Words Nearby howff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use howff in a sentence

  • It was a great howff, o' Mr. Soulis's onyway; there he would sit an' consider his sermons; and inded it's a bieldy bit.

  • There the high-class advocate received his clients, and the physician his patients—each practitioner having his peculiar howff.

    Allan Ramsay | William Henry Oliphant Smeaton
  • Logan nipped the guard of his arm in heavy playfulness and led him to the howff.

    The House with the Green Shutters | George Douglas Brown
  • The company had not long left the howff, as Blane's public-house was called, when the trumpets and kettle-drums sounded.

  • Now when his too apprehensive nerves were frightened by bugbears in his lonely room he could be off to the howff and escape them.

    The House with the Green Shutters | George Douglas Brown