from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A knob in cordage caused by twisting against the lay.
- v. To damage cordage by twisting against the lay.
- v. To hamstring; to hock; to hough; to disable by cutting the tendons of the ham.
- v. To mow, as stubble.
- n. spit, spittle
- v. To spit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hamstring; to hock; to hough.
- transitive v. To mow, as stubble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hamstring.
- To mow, as stubble.
Probably from hackle, a brush once used for fraying flax, and related to heckle ("to tease"). (Wiktionary)
From imperfect and past participle hockled; from present participle and verbal noun hockling. From hock. (Wiktionary)
Probably onomatopoeic. (Wiktionary)