Mohock

[ moh-hok ]
/ ˈmoʊ hɒk /

noun

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.

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Origin of Mohock

First recorded in 1705–15; variant of Mohawk

OTHER WORDS FROM Mohock

Mo·hock·ism, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for Mohock

  • Although you bit him in that affair of the horse, the Mohock will certainly take you out of pawn.

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

    The Virginians|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He boxed the watch; he fuddled himself at taverns; he was no better than a Mohock.

    The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I hear my friend Lewis has got a Mohock in one of the messenger's hands.

    The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift

British Dictionary definitions for Mohock

Mohock
/ (ˈməʊhɒk) /

noun

(in 18th-century London) one of a group of aristocratic ruffians, who attacked people in the streets at night

Word Origin for Mohock

C18: variant of Mohawk 1
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