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hock

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noun \ˈhäk\

Definition of hock

  1. 1 a :  the tarsal joint or region in the hind limb of a digitigrade quadruped (as the horse) corresponding to the human ankle but elevated and bending backward — see horse illustration b :  a joint of a fowl's leg that corresponds to the hock of a quadruped

  2. 2 :  a small cut of meat from a front or hind leg just above the foot <ham hocks>



Origin and Etymology of hock

Middle English hoch, hough, from Old English hōh heel; akin to Old Norse hāsin hock


First Known Use: 1540


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hock

noun, often capitalized

Definition of hock

chiefly British

  1. :  rhine wine 1



Origin and Etymology of hock

modification of German Hochheimer, from Hochheim, Germany


First Known Use: circa 1625

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hock

verb

Simple Definition of hock

  • : to give (something that you own) to a pawnbroker in exchange for money : to put (something) in hock

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hock

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  pawn

hocker

noun

Examples of hock in a sentence

  1. <the prince had to hock the family jewels to pay his gambling debts>



Origin and Etymology of hock

4hock


First Known Use: 1878


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hock

noun

Definition of hock

  1. 1 a :  2pawn 2 <got his watch out of hock> b :  debt 3 <in hock to the bank>

  2. 2 :  prison



Origin and Etymology of hock

Dutch hok pen, prison


First Known Use: 1883



HOCK Defined for Kids

hock

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noun \ˈhäk\

Definition of hock for Students

  1. 1 :  a small piece of meat from the leg of a pig <ham hocks>

  2. 2 :  the part of the rear leg of a four-footed animal that is like a human ankle




Medical Dictionary

hock

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noun \ˈhäk\

Medical Definition of hock

  1. :  the joint or region of the joint that unites the tarsal bones in the hind limb of a digitigrade quadruped (as the horse) and that corresponds to the human ankle but is elevated and bends backward



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