Hocking [hok-ing] Examples noun

  1. William Ernest,1873–1966, U.S. philosopher.

hock 1[hok] noun

  1. the joint in the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., above the fetlock joint, corresponding anatomically to the ankle in humans.
  2. a corresponding joint in a fowl.

verb (used with object)

  1. to hamstring.

Origin of hock 1 1375–1425; variant of dial. hough, Middle English ho(u)gh, apparently back formation from late Middle English hokschyn, etc., Old English hōhsinu hock (literally, heel) sinew; see heel1 hock 3[hok] verb (used with object)

  1. pawn1.


  1. the state of being deposited or held as security; pawn: She was forced to put her good jewelry in hock.
  2. the condition of owing; debt: After the loan was paid, he was finally out of hock.

Origin of hock 3 1855–60, Americanism; Dutch hok kennel, sty, pen, (informal) miserable place to live, prisonRelated formshock·er, noun Related Words for hocking pledge, borrow Examples from the Web for hocking Contemporary Examples of hocking

  • So he made his feelings known by hocking up a loogie that was far more accurate than any of his efforts during the game.

    World Cup Primer

    Joshua Robinson

    June 12, 2010

  • Historical Examples of hocking

  • It’s just hocking it up;—what is fit, and what isn’t, all together.

    The Small House at Allington

    Anthony Trollope

  • In the country, “hocking” was often resorted to for raising church funds.

    Chaucer and His England

    G. G. Coulton

  • “Andrew Fairfax” is undoubtedly the story by which Mr. Hocking came into his own.

    The Coming of the King

    James Hocking

  • What I have fruited and described as the Hocking may prove to be the same.

    American Pomology

    J. A. Warder

  • These tomes now rival the works of the brothers Hocking in the stationer’s shop.

    Books and Persons

    Arnold Bennett

  • British Dictionary definitions for hocking hock 1 noun

    1. the joint at the tarsus of a horse or similar animal, pointing backwards and corresponding to the human ankle
    2. the corresponding joint in domestic fowl


    1. another word for hamstring

    Word Origin for hock C16: short for hockshin, from Old English hōhsinu heel sinew hock 2 noun

    1. any of several white wines from the German Rhine
    2. (not in technical usage) any dry white wine

    Word Origin for hock C17: short for obsolete hockamore Hochheimer hock 3 verb

    1. (tr) to pawn or pledge


    1. the state of being in pawn (esp in the phrase in hock)
    2. in hock
      1. in prison
      2. in debt
      3. in pawn

    Derived Formshocker, nounWord Origin for hock C19: from Dutch hok prison, debt Word Origin and History for hocking hock n.1

    “joint in the hind leg of a horse,” mid-15c., earlier hockshin (late 14c.), from Old English hohsinu “sinew of the heel, Achilles’ tendon,” literally “heel sinew,” from hoh “heel,” from Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (cf. German Hachse “hock,” Old English hæla “heel”), from PIE *kenk- (3) “heel, bend of the knee.”

    hock n.2

    “Rhenish wine,” 1620s, shortening of Hockamore, from German Hochheimer, “(wine) of Hochheim,” town on the Main where wine was made; sense extended to German white wines in general.

    hock n.3

    “pawn, debt,” 1859, American English, in hock, which meant both “in debt” and “in prison,” from Dutch hok “jail, pen, doghouse, hutch, hovel.” The verb is 1878, from the noun.

    When one gambler is caught by another, smarter than himself, and is beat, then he is in hock. Men are only caught, or put in hock, on the race-tracks, or on the steamboats down South. … Among thieves a man is in hock when he is in prison. [G.W. Matsell, “Vocabulum,” 1859]

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