- a metal or plastic piece at the end of an arrow, having a notch for the bowstring.
- a notch or groove at the end of an arrow into which the bowstring fits.
- a notch or groove at each end of a bow, to hold the bowstring in place.
- Nautical. throat(def 6a).
- to furnish with a nock.
- to adjust (the arrow) to the bowstring, in readiness to shoot.
Origin of nock
Examples from the Web for nocked
When the arrow is nocked it should be at right angles with the string.Archery Rules
Charles F. A. Hinrichs
He gripped his bow, nocked an arrow, then sat there breathless, waiting.The Rope of Gold
Roy J. Snell
One he nocked loosely in his bow, then laid the bow where he could grasp it instantly.The Story of Geronimo
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Wen I nocked at Marias dore, I stepped down off the steps and wated for her appairanse.The Bad Boy At Home
Walter T. Gray
That night we was too many for the crew of the brig, as nocked under and us made them steer for France, so here we be.The Fishguard Invasion by the French in 1797
M. E. James
- a notch on an arrow that fits on the bowstring
- either of the grooves at each end of a bow that hold the bowstring
- to fit (an arrow) on a bowstring
- to put a groove or notch in (a bow or arrow)
Word Origin and History for nocked
"fit (an arrow) to a bowstring," 1510s, from nock (n.). Related: Nocked; nocking.
"notch on a bow," late 14c., of uncertain origin, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish nock "notch"), but cf. also Low German nokk, Dutch nok "tip of a sail." Perhaps connected to nook.