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From huck (from Middle English hoke (hook), hokebone, probably so called because of its round shape) + -le. See also hook.



huckle (plural huckles)

  1. (obsolete) The hip, the haunch.
    • 1676, A Way to Get Wealth, Book I, page 5
      [] which approves a quick gathering up of his legs withoute pain, his huckle bones round and hidden,
    • 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.
  2. A bunch or part projecting like the hip.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Udall to this entry?)