From Anglo-Norman hocher, Middle French hocher, from a Germanic source (compare Dutch hutsen, German hotzen).
hotch (third-person singular simple present hotches, present participle hotching, simple past and past participle hotched)
- (now Britain regional, Scotland) To move irregularly up and down.
- (now Britain regional, Scotland) To swarm (with).
- 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 314:
- What if I went up? Imagine nobody had done it before. It would be hoaching with balls and stuff, hundreds of things.