- the joint in the hind leg of a horse, cow, etc., above the fetlock joint, corresponding anatomically to the ankle in humans.
- a corresponding joint in a fowl.
- to hamstring.
Origin of hock1
- the state of being deposited or held as security; pawn: She was forced to put her good jewelry in hock.
- the condition of owing; debt: After the loan was paid, he was finally out of hock.
Origin of hock3
Examples from the Web for hocked
Schools closed, the deficit ballooned, highways crumbled, jobs disappeared—I imagine ruby slippers were hocked.Will the GOP Get the Message in Kansas?
Ana Marie Cox
October 24, 2014
Tester uses the word "cool" as often as a tween, and I lost count of all the loogies he hocked in my presence.Senator Jon Tester: The Democrats' Last Best Hope
May 8, 2011
The comedienne even finished it off with a hocked loogie and a groin grab.15 Best and Worst Celebrity National Anthem Performances
The Daily Beast Video
July 1, 2009
I took her to a boarding-house on Thirty-second Street where I used to live, and hocked her.Options
His young mistress heard em say he was going to be free and she walked up and hocked and spit in his face.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States
Work Projects Administration
I've hocked ev'ryt'ing dat would bring in a dollar, an' dis is de las' t'ing I've got.Bowery Life
- the joint at the tarsus of a horse or similar animal, pointing backwards and corresponding to the human ankle
- the corresponding joint in domestic fowl
- another word for hamstring
- any of several white wines from the German Rhine
- (not in technical usage) any dry white wine
- (tr) to pawn or pledge
- the state of being in pawn (esp in the phrase in hock)
- in hock
- in prison
- in debt
- in pawn
Word Origin and History for hocked
"joint in the hind leg of a horse," mid-15c., earlier hockshin (late 14c.), from Old English hohsinu "sinew of the heel, Achilles' tendon," literally "heel sinew," from hoh "heel," from Proto-Germanic *hanhaz (cf. German Hachse "hock," Old English hæla "heel"), from PIE *kenk- (3) "heel, bend of the knee."
"Rhenish wine," 1620s, shortening of Hockamore, from German Hochheimer, "(wine) of Hochheim," town on the Main where wine was made; sense extended to German white wines in general.
"pawn, debt," 1859, American English, in hock, which meant both "in debt" and "in prison," from Dutch hok "jail, pen, doghouse, hutch, hovel." The verb is 1878, from the noun.
When one gambler is caught by another, smarter than himself, and is beat, then he is in hock. Men are only caught, or put in hock, on the race-tracks, or on the steamboats down South. ... Among thieves a man is in hock when he is in prison. [G.W. Matsell, "Vocabulum," 1859]