variants: or John-a-Noakes \ ˌjänəˈnōks \

Definition of John-a-Nokes

: 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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History and Etymology for 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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