[houf, ouf; hohf, ohf]Scot.


an abode; a familiar shelter or resort.

verb (used without object)

to reside.
to visit a familiar haunt.

Origin of howff

First recorded in 1555–65; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for howff

Historical Examples of howff

  • 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.

  • 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.