intransitive verbhotched, hotch·ing, hotch·es Scots
Origin of hotchMiddle English, perhaps from Old French hocher, to shake, possibly of Germanic origin.
(third-person singular simple present hotches, present participle hotching, simple past and past participle hotched)
- (now UK regional, Scotland) To move irregularly up and down.
- (now UK regional, Scotland) To swarm (with).
From Anglo-Norman hocher, Middle French hocher, from a Germanic source (compare Dutch hutsen, German hotzen).