or jok·ta·leg

[ jok-tuh-leg ]

nounBritish Dialect.
  1. a large folding knife or pocketknife; jackknife.

Origin of jockteleg

First recorded in 1665–75; originally Scots; first attested as jackteleg, perhaps with Jack, Jock and leg, alluding to knife handles carved in the form of a leg

Words Nearby jockteleg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use jockteleg in a sentence

  • The hunchback, nothing loath, produced an evil-looking jockteleg, and hastened to his master's assistance.

    Border Ghost Stories | Howard Pease
  • 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