from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (adj) Having many nooks and corners; having a coast indented with gulfs, bays, friths, etc.
The southeastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, as may be seen by a glance at the map, may be well described by that expressive epithet of 'nook-shotten,' which in Shakspeare is applied to the mother-island of which it is a dependent.
The provinces, to the very farthest nook of these 'nook-shotten' islands, react upon London as powerfully as London acts upon them; so that no counterpoise is required with us, as in France it is, to any inordinate influence at the centre.
The Greek usages and traditionary monuments of civilization had adapted themselves from the first to the singular physical conformation of Hellas -- as a 'nook-shotten' land, nautically accessible and laid down in seas that were studded with islands systematically adjusted to the continental circumstances, whilst internally her mountainous structure had split up almost the whole of her territory into separate chambers or wards, predetermining from the first that galaxy of little republics into which her splintered community threw itself by means of the strong mutual repulsion derived originally from battlements of hills, and, secondarily, from the existing state of the military art.
‘Nook’ is probably Scandinavian in origin, while ‘shotten’ is an obsolete past participle form of ‘shot.’