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Knok, n.2 Also: knoke, knock. Pl. knok(k)is, etc., and knox. [ME. knok(ke (1377), f. the verb.]

1. A sounding blow, a stroke or hit. He gert bestys wndir yhoke Thole brodys sare, and mony a knoke [C. knok]; Wynt. i. 1616.
With kene knokis ilk ane on vther quellit; Stewart 27109.
Thy heid sall beir a cuppill of knokkis [Ch. knox]; Lynd. Sat. 1560 (B).
Thay knavis sowld ken my knokkis [Ch. knocks]; Ib. 1659.
That men on far micht heir the knokkis Like boucheouris hakkand on thair stokks; Id. Meldrum 1359.
Manie maister quo the padok to the harrow quhen ilk a tynd gat her a knok; Carmichael Prov. No. 1123.

2. A knock on a door etc. His knok scho kend and did so him in lett; Freiris Berw. 154.
They will heare twentie knockis befor they will anser one; 1617 Misc. Abbotsf. C. 298.

b. The ‘six knocks’ required by law in serving a summons. Quhare ony officiar or schereff in that part passis at the command of the kingis lettrez … to summond ony party … thai sall pas to the ȝett or durr of the principale duelling place … and … gif thai gett na enteres thai first knokand at the dure vj knokis thai sall execute thair office befor famous witnesses … and affixt the copy vpoun the ȝett … quhilk salbe … sufficient summoning; 1540 Acts II. 359/1.
Becaus I culd nocht apprehend thame personalie I lauchfullie … summond thame … at the samin duelling places respectiue abonexpremit eftir that I had knokit sex knokis at ilkane of the ȝettis thairof respectiue; 1567 Ib. III. 9/1.
[The reason of reduction was, that the horning purported not, that six knocks were given at the rebel's dwelling-house, as in custom is requisite; and that the register of hornings … purported no such record of adhibiting of knocks; 1637 Morison Dict. Decis. 12265.]
I could not apprehend them personallie efter knocking six severall knocks at their most patent doors; 1668 Old Ross-shire 79.
[The officer to fix a copy of the said precept] not only on a lokhot of ther dwelling houses after knocking sex knokes theron if they cannot be gotten personalie apprehendit [etc.]; 1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 84. 8 Feb.
[That the executioun is opponed … requiring only six knocks when the executor gets not entry; 1679 Morison Dict. Decis. 3695.
The Lords … found the bearing only of three knocks … instead of six, was a nullity of the execution; 1707 Ib. 3770.]

3. concr. A knocker on a door or gate. To give ane actuall possessioun … be delyuerance of ane penny and the knok of the foiryet of the said Sanct-Thomas-land; 1587 (1600) Reg. Great S. 360/2.
Ane knock to the stepill dure with … ane naill to chap on; 1591 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 436.
Oure toune's people began … to knyt to till the knokis of oure yettis the like rip of oatis; Spalding II. 409.
To put knoks upoun the twa dooris of the liberarie; 1649 Edinb. B. Rec. VIII. 216.
The utter gate [of the manse had a] knock; 1683 Ellon Presb. 223.

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"Knok n.2". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Feb 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/knok_n_2>



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