Origin of hucklediminutive (see -le) of obsolete huck in same sense: uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to Old Norse h?ka, to crouch from Indo-European base an unverified form keu-, to bend
- 1687, The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha and His Trusty Squire (translated by JP), Book II, page 433:
- At what time Don Quixote, who had very much bruis'd his Huckle-bone, with a Hipshot grace approaching the Lady fell upon his Knees […]
- 1837, John French Burke, British husbandry: exhibiting the farming practice, page 392:
- Next, the hand may be laid upon his huckle-bones, and if the parts there likewise feel firm, round, and plump, it may be safely concluded that he is well fed both externally and internally, — that is, both in flesh and tallow.
- A bunch or part projecting like the hip.