sour dock


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Origin of sour dock

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325

Definition for sour dock (2 of 2)

[ dok ]
/ dɒk /


any of various weedy plants belonging to the genus Rumex, of the buckwheat family, as R. obtusifolius (bitter dock) or R. acetosa (sour dock), having long taproots.
any of various other plants, mostly coarse weeds.

Origin of dock

before 1000; Middle English dokke, Old English docce; cognate with Middle Dutch docke, Middle High German tocke Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sour dock (1 of 4)

/ (dɒk) /



Word Origin for dock

C14: from Middle Dutch docke; perhaps related to Latin ducere to lead

British Dictionary definitions for sour dock (2 of 4)

/ (dɒk) /


the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
the part of an animal's tail left after the major part of it has been cut off

verb (tr)

to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the boneto dock a tail; to dock a horse
to deduct (an amount) from (a person's wages, pension, etc)they docked a third of his wages

Word Origin for dock

C14: dok, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for sour dock (3 of 4)

/ (dɒk) /


an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial

Word Origin for dock

C16: from Flemish dok sty

British Dictionary definitions for sour dock (4 of 4)

/ (dɒk) /


any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
any of several similar or related plants

Word Origin for dock

Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha
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Idioms and Phrases with sour dock


see in the dock.

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