Main meanings of howe in English

: howe1howe2

howe1

Pronunciation /haʊ/

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noun

  • 1Northern English A tumulus or barrow.

    • ‘By far the commonest type of monument is the round barrow, known locally as a howe.’
    1. 1.1in place names A hill.
      ‘The authors believe the church is a part of a twelve and a half mile ley that joins Lastingham Church, the Black Howe Barrow and Dargate Dikes.’
      • ‘A short distance south of Shap village, the Kemp Howe stone circle is cut in two by the West Coast Main Line Railway.’

Origin

Middle English from Old Norse haugr ‘mound’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘high’.

Main meanings of howe in English

: howe1howe2

howe2

Pronunciation /haʊ/

See synonyms for howe

noun

Scottish, Northern English
  • A hollow place; a depression.

    • ‘As usual this year, images from the 5,000-year-old howe are being broadcast on the Internet.’

Origin

Late Middle English variant of Old English hol (see hole).