There are 3 definitions of hock in English:

hock1

Syllabification: hock
Pronunciation: /häk
 
/

noun

1The joint in a quadruped’s hind leg between the knee and the fetlock, the angle of which points backward.
More example sentences
  • These diseases can affect the shoulder, elbow, knee, or hock joints in animals.
  • He had exceptional conformation, very correct legs, hocks, and knees.
  • It primarily occurs in the shoulder or elbow joints, but it can affect the hocks or stifles, too.
2A knuckle of meat, especially of pork or ham.
More example sentences
  • If you wish, add the meat from the hock and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove the ham hock, de-bone, dice, and add to the base.
  • Use a smoked gammon knuckle, smoked ham hock or whatever smoked bacon bones you can find - or talk your butcher into selling you the ham bone when they get to the end of carving off the meat.

Origin

late Middle English.

More definitions of hock

Definition of hock in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day erroneous
Pronunciation: iˈrōnēəs
adjective
wrong; incorrect

There are 3 definitions of hock in English:

hock2

Syllabification: hock
Pronunciation: /
 
häk/

verb

[with object]
informal term for pawn2.
More example sentences
  • And everywhere, stores seem to be offering items that help us connect to other worlds without having to hock grandma's silver.
  • Back to Oceanside. The enlisted servicemen and women hock stuff in the pawn shops and borrow against payday.
  • No longer do you have to hock your car, mortgage your house and sell your firstborn child just to afford your supplements.

Origin

mid 19th century (in the phrase in hock): from Dutch hok 'hutch, prison, debt'.

Phrases

in hock

Having been pawned.
More example sentences
  • Worse: rather than being self-denying while you retrain for more lucrative employment, should you put the contents of your workshop in hock and live it up at the nearest Ritz-Carlton?
  • In Washington, antiques, glasses and brassbound telescopes that had been in hock for decades are being snapped up by a rush of buyers.
  • But, unlike pawnshops in most countries, the real business is a steady stream of people putting their homes in hock.
In debt: the company is in hock to the banks
More example sentences
  • In other words they are in hock to the government, who control their spending.
  • Because it doesn't depend on heavy machinery, this farm, unlike most, isn't in hock to the bank’.
  • The women were in hock to extortionate moneylenders.

More definitions of hock

Definition of hock in:

There are 3 definitions of hock in English:

hock3

Syllabification: hock
Pronunciation: /
 
häk/

noun

British
A dry white wine from the German Rhineland.
More example sentences
  • This name being a bit of a tongue twister for the petite bourgeoisie who were immediately attracted to it, the truncated version, hock, became the name for every wine from the Rhine.
  • Let’s have a glass of hock, shall we?
  • The head of a boisterous party of ex-public schoolboys calls over the waiter and asks for a bottle of hock.

Origin

abbreviation of obsolete hockamore, alteration of German Hochheimer (Wein) '(wine) from Hochheim'.

More definitions of hock

Definition of hock in: