AskDefine | Define hock

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1 any of several white wines from the Rhine River valley in Germany (`hock' is British usage) [syn: Rhine wine, Rhenish]
2 tarsal joint of the hind leg of hoofed mammals; corresponds to the human ankle


1 leave as a guarantee in return for money; "pawn your grandfather's gold watch" [syn: pawn, soak]
2 disable by cutting the hock

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Etymology 1

From hockamore, from the name of the German town of Hochheim am Main.



  1. A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still, from the Hochheim region, but often applied to all Rhenish wines.

Etymology 2

Middle English hough.


  1. The tarsal joint of a digitigrade quadruped, such as a horse, pig or dog.
  2. Meat from that part of a food animal.

Etymology 3

Dutch hok prison, debt.


  1. To leave with a pawnbroker as security for a loan.
Derived terms

Extensive Definition

The word hock may mean:
hock in German: Hock (Begriffsklärung)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ankle, bail, bayonet legs, bond, bottomry, bowlegs, calf, cnemis, deposit, drumstick, earnest, earnest money, escrow, foreleg, gage, gamb, gambrel, gigot, go bail, ham, handsel, hind leg, hostage, hypothecate, impignorate, jamb, knee, leg, limb, mainprise, mortgage, pawn, pignus, pledge, podite, popliteal space, post, put in hock, put in pawn, put up, recognizance, replevin, replevy, scissor-legs, shank, shin, spout, stake, stems, stumps, surety, tarsus, token payment, trotters, undertaking, vadimonium, vadium
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