- a loop or coil of something flexible
- a specific length of coiled thread or yarn: a hank of worsted yarn contains 560 yd; a hank of cotton contains 840 yd
- Naut. a ring or clip for fastening a staysail to its stay
Origin of hankLME, probably from Scand, as in Old Norse h?nk, a coil, skein, hanki, hasp, clasp from Indo-European base an unverified form keg-, an unverified form kenk- from source hook
- A coil or loop.
- Nautical A ring on a stay attached to the luff of a jib or staysail.
- A looped bundle, as of yarn.
Origin of hankMiddle English from Old Norse hönk
(third-person singular simple present hanks, present participle hanking, simple past and past participle hanked)
Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hǫnk, hank; akin to Old English hangian, "to hang". First Known Use: 14th century.