The definition of a hock is a joint in some animals located in the same place as the ankle that bends in the opposite direction of the human ankle.(noun)
An example of hock is the part of a horse's hind legs that bends backward.
See hock in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: S Brit var. of Scot hough < ME hoh, heel < OE < Gmc *hanha, heel, with loss of nasal as in soft, tooth
Origin: contr. of hockamore, altered < Ger Hochheimer
transitive verb, noun
Origin: < Du hok, kennel, cage, prison
See hock in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English hōh, heel.
Origin: Short for obsolete Hockamore
Origin: , alteration of German Hochheimer
Origin: , from Hochheim, a town of west-central Germany.
transitive verb hocked, hock·ing, hocks
Origin: Probably from Dutch hok, prison.
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