[hok-ee] /ˈhɒk i/
Also called (esp US and Canadian) field hockey
See ice hockey
(East Anglian, dialect)
Also hawkey, horkey
after an isolated reference from Ireland dated 1527 (“The horlinge of the litill balle with hockie stickes or staves …”), the word is next recorded 1838 from W. Sussex; of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle French hoquet “shepherd’s staff, crook,” diminutive of Old French hoc “hook.” The hooked clubs with which the game is played resemble shepherds’ staves. In North America, ice hockey is distinguished from field hockey.
[1923+; origin unknown; perhaps fr a variant pronunciation of the hokum, hokey, hocus-pocus cluster, suggested by some spellings, and hence originally ”falsehood, pretentious exaggeration, etc,” whence ”bullshit,” whence ”shit”;]
noun 1. a tubular ice skate having a shorter blade than a racing skate and often having a reinforced shoe for protection.
noun, U.S. and Canada. Informal. 1. a mother who spends much time driving her children to hockey rinks, watching their games, and encouraging their participation in the sport: Hockey moms are made of tough stuff. noun a woman with hockey-playing children, particularly one devotes much time and effort in supporting this activity Examples Sarah Palin […]
noun 1. the stick used in field hockey or ice hockey.
[hok-uh l] /ˈhɒk əl/ verb (used without object), hockled, hockling. 1. (of a rope) to have the yarns spread and kinked through twisting in use. noun 2. the spreading and kinking of the yarns in a rope strand. /ˈhɒkəl/ verb (intransitive) hockles, hockled, hockling 1. (Northumbrian, dialect) to spit