hockle

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from hackle, a brush once used for fraying flax, and related to heckle (to tease).

Noun[edit]

hockle (plural hockles)

  1. A knob in cordage caused by twisting against the lay.

Verb[edit]

hockle (third-person singular simple present hockles, present participle hockling, simple past and past participle hockled)

  1. To damage cordage by twisting against the lay.

Etymology 2[edit]

From imperfect and past participle hockled; from present participle and verbal noun hockling. From hock.

Verb[edit]

hockle (third-person singular simple present hockles, present participle hockling, simple past and past participle hockled)

  1. (transitive) To hamstring; to hock; to hough; to disable by cutting the tendons of the ham.
  2. (transitive) To mow, as stubble.

Etymology 3[edit]

Probably onomatopoeic.

Noun[edit]

hockle (uncountable)

  1. (Geordie, vulgar) spit, spittle

Verb[edit]

hockle (third-person singular simple present hockles, present participle hocklin, simple past and past participle hockled)

  1. (Geordie) To spit.

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