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[moh-hok] /ˈmoʊ hɒk/
one of a group of aristocratic ruffians who attacked people at night on the streets of London in the early part of the 18th century.
Origin of Mohock
First recorded in 1705-15; variant of Mohawk
Related forms
Mohockism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Mohock
Historical Examples
  • I hear my friend Lewis has got a Mohock in one of the messenger's hands.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • He boxed the watch; he fuddled himself at taverns; he was no better than a Mohock.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • While you were arrested, your boxes were searched for the Mohock's letters to you.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Although you bit him in that affair of the horse, the Mohock will certainly take you out of pawn.

    The Virginians William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for Mohock


(in 18th-century London) one of a group of aristocratic ruffians, who attacked people in the streets at night
Word Origin
C18: variant of Mohawk1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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