Meaning of hough in English:

hough

Pronunciation /hɒk/

noun

British
variant spelling of hock (sense 1)

verb

[with object]archaic British
  • Disable (a person or animal) by cutting the hamstrings.

    ‘his cattle were houghed in the night’
    • ‘And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.’
    • ‘The four had been accused ‘of theft, inbringing of thieves, murder, mutilation, fireraising, [and] houghing of oxe.’’

Origin

Old English hōh ‘heel’, of Germanic origin; related to heel.