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hock

noun \ ˈhäk \

Definition of hock

1 a : the tarsal joint or region in the hind limb of a digitigrade quadruped (such 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 : 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


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hock

noun, often capitalized

Definition of hock

chiefly British

Origin and Etymology of hock

modification of German Hochheimer, from Hochheim, Germany

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hock

verb

Definition of hock

transitive verb
: 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

hock Synonyms

Synonyms
pawn, pledge
Related Words
deposit, mortgage; bond
Near Antonyms
buy (back), redeem, win (back)

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hock

noun

Definition of hock

1 a : 2pawn 2
  • got his watch out of hock
b : debt 3
  • in hock to the bank
2 : prison

Origin and Etymology of hock

Dutch hok pen, prison


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hock

verb

Definition of hock

hocked; hocking
transitive verb
US, informal
: to forcefully spit out (something, such as phlegm)
  • hock a wad of tobacco

Origin and Etymology of hock

variant of 3hawk

hock Synonyms

Synonyms
pawn, pledge
Related Words
deposit, mortgage; bond
Near Antonyms
buy (back), redeem, win (back)


HOCK Defined for English Language Learners

hock

verb

Definition of hock for English Language Learners

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


HOCK Defined for Kids

hock

noun \ ˈhäk \

Definition of hock for Students

1 : a small piece of meat from the leg of a pig
  • ham hocks
2 : the part of the rear leg of a four-footed animal that is like a human ankle

Medical Dictionary

hock

noun \ ˈhäk \

medical Definition of hock

: 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

Illustration of hock



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