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Hock (?), n. [So called from Hochheim, in Germany.] A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either sparkling or still. The name is also given indiscriminately to all Rhenish wines.
Hock, Hough (&unr_;), n. [ AS. h&unr_;h the heel; prob. akin to Icel. h&ā;sinn hock sinew, Dan. hasc, G. hechse, h&ä;chse, LG. hacke, D. hak; also to L. coxa hip (cf. Cuisses), Skr. kaksha armpit. √12. Cf. Heel.] 1. (a) The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and corresponding to the ankle in man. (b) A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or hind leg, just above the foot.
2. The popliteal space; the ham.
Hock, v. t. 1. To disable by cutting the tendons of the hock; to hamstring; to hough.
2. To pawn; as, to hock one's jewelry.
Hock, n. 1. The state of having been pawned; usually preceded by in; as, all her jewelry is in hock.
2. The state of being in debt; as, it took him two years to get out of hock.