holk

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English holk, from Old English holc (hole, cavity), from Proto-Germanic *hulkaz (a hollow), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (to cover, hide). Cognate with Low German holke, hölke (small hole), German Holk (a type of flat-bottomed barge), Swedish holk (nest, birdhouse), Icelandic holkur (tube). Related to hulk.

Noun[edit]

holk (plural holks)

  1. (UK dialectal) A hollow cavity.

Verb[edit]

holk (third-person singular simple present holks, present participle holking, simple past and past participle holked)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To dig out; make hollow; hollow out.
  2. (transitive, UK dialectal) To dig; dig into; pierce; penetrate; investigate; poke.
  3. (transitive, UK dialectal) To dig up; excavate.
    • 1908, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen University Studies, Volume 35, page 96,
      The Sessioune perceiving gryt perell through the burieing of people in the kirkyaird of thair perroche kirk and within the kirk itself by raising of grene graivis and holking under the kirk vall undermynding of the samyne ordanis fra this furth that na persone presume to mak graivis within the precinct thairof or yit to burie any persone within the boundis of the samine.