Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HOCKER, v. Also hoker, hoakker; hucker (Cai.); huiker (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). To crouch, bend down; to walk or hobble bent double; to crouch over or near a fire for warmth (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.; ‡Cai. 1957). Also fig. [′hʌkər, ′ho-, ′hø-] s.Sc. a.1825  in Jam.2:
The auld wife cam in, and hoker'd herself down, By the ingle that bleez'd sae finely.
Lnk. 1893  J. Crawford Sc. Verses 53:
Some hucker doon as if to dream.
Cai. 1909  D. Houston 'E Silkie Man 7:
Heth! Peter, he's lan' onywy, is far is A can mak oot, so boy wi' 'e help 'e Best we'll hucker in fill we see.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 16:
[A] hed hoakkert doon on ti ma hunkers till A gethert back ma braith.

[O.N. hokra, to crouch, go bent, to slink away. Cf. Hunker, Huk.]

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