[hok-uh l]

verb (used without object), hock·led, hock·ling.

(of a rope) to have the yarns spread and kinked through twisting in use.


the spreading and kinking of the yarns in a rope strand.

Origin of hockle

perhaps hock1 + -le
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British Dictionary definitions for hockle


verb hockles, hockled or hockling (intr)

Northumbrian dialect to spit
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