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Rok, v. Also: rock. [ME and e.m.E. rocke(n (Ancr. R.), rokke(n (c1340), late OE roccian.]

1. tr. To move (a child) gently to and fro in, or as in, a cradle to soothe or calm it. Scho … Ves rokit sa … As barne that in the kardil vare; Leg. S. xlv 223.
To the thre wemen that rokkit and kepit the barnes; 1503 Treas. Acc. II 297.
To the ladyis that kepis and rokis my lord prince ane steke of blechit bertane claytht; 1540 Ib. VII 319.
O happy hand Vhich rockit hir the hour that sho wes b[orne]! Montg. Sonn. l 4.

2. To cause to move backwards and forwards, or to and fro; to cause to sway; to shake or agitate. Was nevir wyf sa straitly rokkit; Se ȝe not how my cunt is lokkit? Lynd. Sat. Proclam. 166.
I was … as ane fule mockit, Euill tocheit and rockit; G. Ball. 153.

3. intr. To move backwards and forwards, or from side to side, though secured at one extremity; to sway. Also, specif., of a ship in rough water. (1) Before his face ane apill hang … Quhen he gapit, it rokkit [Bann. rollit] to and fro; Henr. Orph. 284.
So rudlie rang the commoun bell Quhill all the steipill rokkit for rerde; Christis Kirk 208 (M).
(2) Quhill fynaly, thar rokkand as scho stude, To brystis scho [sc. the ship]; Doug. x vi 36.
Ib. v xiv 77.

b. Of a person: ? To move in an agitated manner. Sum … striking, rokking, schowting and doing all vthir thing that mycht walkin men fra sleip; Boece 457.

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