- 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.
An example of hock is the part of a horse's hind legs that bends backward.
hock definition by Webster's New World
- the joint bending backward in the hind leg of a horse, ox, etc., corresponding to the human ankle
- the corresponding joint in the leg of a fowl
Origin: southern British variant, variety of Scottish hough ; from Middle English hoh, heel ; from Old English ; from Germanic an unverified form hanha, heel, with loss of nasal as in soft, tooth
Origin: contr. of hockamore, altered ; from German Hochheimer
Origin: ; from Dutch hok, kennel, cage, prison
hock definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The tarsal joint of the hind leg of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, corresponding to the human ankle but bending in the opposite direction.b. A joint in the leg of a domestic fowl similar to the hock of a quadruped.
- A small cut of meat, especially ham, from the front or hind leg directly above the foot.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hōh, heel.
noun Chiefly British
Origin: Short for obsolete Hockamore, alteration of German Hochheimer, from Hochheim, a town of west-central Germany.
Slangtransitive verb hocked, hock·ing, hocks
- The state of being pawned: put the diamonds in hock.
- The state of being in debt: thought we'd never get out of hock.
Origin: Probably from Dutch hok, prison.
hock - Phrases/Idioms
- in (or out of) pawn
- in (or out of) debt