John–a–Nokes

noun \ˌjänəˈnōks\
variants: or

John–a–Noakes

\ˌjänəˈnōks\

Definition of John–a–Nokes

archaic

  1. :  a party to legal proceedings whose true name is unknown as willing to plead for John-a-Nokes as for the first noble of the land — Sir Walter Scott — compare john-a-stiles

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Origin and Etymology of john–a–nokes

alteration of earlier John at Noke, from the name John + at Noke, probably from Middle English atten ok at the oak tree


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