Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The tarsal joint of the hind leg of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, corresponding to the human ankle but bending in the opposite direction.
  • n. A joint in the leg of a domestic fowl similar to the hock of a quadruped.
  • n. A small cut of meat, especially ham, from the front or hind leg directly above the foot.
  • transitive v. To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; hamstring.
  • n. Chiefly British Rhine wine.
  • transitive v. To pawn: hock a diamond ring.
  • n. The state of being pawned: put the diamonds in hock.
  • n. The state of being in debt: thought we'd never get out of hock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still, from the Hochheim region, but often applied to all Rhenish wines.
  • n. The tarsal joint of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, pig or dog.
  • n. Meat from that part of a food animal.
  • v. To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.
  • v. To leave with a pawnbroker as security for a loan.
  • n. Pawn, obligation as collateral for a loan.
  • n. Debt.
  • n. Installment purchase.
  • n. Prison.
  • v. To bother; to pester; to annoy incessantly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still. The name is also given indiscriminately to all Rhenish wines.
  • n.
  • n. The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and corresponding to the ankle in man.
  • n. A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or hind leg, just above the foot.
  • n. The popliteal space; the ham.
  • n. The state of having been pawned; usually preceded by in.
  • n. The state of being in debt.
  • transitive v. To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.
  • transitive v. To pawn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ham-string; disable by cutting the sinew or tendon of the hock —that is the tendo Achillis.
  • n. The joint on the hind leg of a quadruped between the knee and the fetlock, corresponding to the ankle-joint in man; that part of the leg between the tibia and the cannon-bone, consisting of the ankle-bones more or less completely united.
  • n. In man, the back part of the knee-joint; the ham.
  • n. In the game of faro, the last card remaining in the box after all the others have been dealt.
  • n. Mallow; hollyhock.
  • n. A variant of hack.
  • n. A caterpillar.
  • n. An old game of cards.
  • n. Originally, the wine Hochheimer (which see).
  • n. Any white German wine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. leave as a guarantee in return for money
  • n. any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage)
  • v. disable by cutting the hock
  • n. tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hōh, heel.
Short for obsolete Hockamore, alteration of German Hochheimer, from Hochheim, a town of west-central Germany.
Probably from Dutch hok, prison.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From hockamore, from the name of the German town of Hochheim am Main. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English hoch, hough, hocke, from Old English hōh, from Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (cf. West Frisian hakke, Dutch hak, Low German Hack), from Proto-Indo-European *kenk (cf. Lithuanian kìnka ‘leg, thigh, knee-cap’, kenklė̃ ‘knee-cap’, Sanskrit कङ्काल (kaṅkāla) ‘skeleton’) (Wiktionary)
(Can we verify(+) this etymology?) From Dutch hok ("prison, debt"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Those of us who do not pronounce "hawk" the same as "hock" prefer to "hock" a loogie. Were we to "hawk" one, we would wait in vain for buyers.

    May 21, 2012

  • It is a variant of hack, but there are a couple definitions over on hawk that seem to support that word's use when loogie-ing (looging?).

    May 16, 2012

  • The person who recorded the disgusting sound effect was thinking of the word "hawk". Hawk is what one "does to a loogie".

    May 16, 2012

  • love that Chiefly British def!

    July 30, 2010

  • Also, pawning.

    November 10, 2008

  • "I believe I've sprained my hock," wailed Ebenezer. "Left hind leg." And he rebrayed his bray of pain.

    - William Steig, Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride

    September 29, 2008

  • Must have been in PA. *smirk*

    October 11, 2007

  • I grew up near a street named Hockersville Road, and this is what I always thought of. *distressed*

    October 11, 2007

  • Here it comes...

    October 11, 2007

  • What one does to a loogie

    October 11, 2007