variants or John-a-Noakes
: 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 landSir Walter Scott
compare john-a-stiles

Word History


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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“John-a-Nokes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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