- a notch for holding the string at either end of a bow
- a notch in the end of an arrow, for the insertion of the bowstring
Origin of nockMiddle English nocke from Scand, as in Swedish dialect, dialectal nokke, notch from Indo-European an unverified form kneug- from base an unverified form ken-, to pinch from source nook, nut
- to make a notch in (a bow or arrow)
- to set (an arrow) into the bowstring
- The groove at either end of a bow for holding the bowstring.
- The notch in the end of an arrow that fits on the bowstring.
transitive verbnocked, nock·ing, nocks
- To put a nock in (a bow or arrow).
- To fit (an arrow) to a bowstring.
Origin of nockMiddle English nokke
(third-person singular simple present nocks, present participle nocking, simple past and past participle nocked)
- To fit an arrow against the bowstring of a bow or crossbow.
- To cut a nock in (usually in an arrow's base or the tips of a bow).