Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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