or jok·ta·leg


noun British Dialect.

a large clasp knife or pocketknife; jackknife.

Origin of jockteleg

1665–75; orig. Scots; first attested as jackteleg, perhaps with Jack, Jock and leg, alluding to knife handles carved in the form of a leg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jockteleg

Historical Examples of jockteleg

  • I had a cutlass, a jockteleg (or smuggler's sheaf-knife), and a pair of brass-mounted pistols ready swung in my leathern belt.

    Tales of Our Coast

    S. R. Crockett