From Middle English puttock, puttok, potok, puttoc, of uncertain origin; perhaps representing an unattested Old English *putta (“hawk”) + -ock; or perhaps from Old English *pūthafoc (literally “pout-hawk”), equivalent to pout (“a kind of fish”) + hawk. Compare also pout (“a young bird”), poult.
puttock (plural puttocks)
- (now Britain regional) Any of several birds of prey including the red kite, buzzard or marsh harrier
- (nautical) The futtock