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Huke, Huik, Hewk, n.1 Also: huk(k, hwk(e, hwik, hu-, hwick, heuk, howk, hou(c)k; Heuk, Hook. [ME. hooke, hok(e, hoc. OE. hóc.]

1. A reaping-hook, a sickle.Also corn huke, schering huke (q.v.).(a) a1400 Leg. S. xl. 94.
He vm[be]thocht [hym] he wald luke Gyf he in sic corne cuth set huke
1489 Acta Conc. 106/2.
A cruk, … v hukis
1493 Ib. 288/1.
A cruk, thre hukkis, … a pet spaid
a1500 Bk. Chess 1356.
This teileman has a huke to cut his corne
1513 Doug. iv. ix. 84.
Spryngand herbys eftir the cours of the moyn War socht, and with brasyn hukis cuttit soyn, To get thar mylky sap and vennom blak
Ib. vii. x. 80.
Cultyris … with sythis and al hukis at scheris quhet
1531 Bell. Boece II. 294.
Skrimgeour … hes in his baner, ane crukit swerd, in maner of ane huke
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. i. 135.
The heire sall haue … ane huke, ane pleugh
(b) a1400 Leg. S. i. 224.
I … in the corn myn howk doun lade
1699 Foulis Acc. Bk. 256.
For a houck (4/-)
(c) 1513 Doug. vii. iv. 67 (Sm).
The cruikit huik vndir his weid held he
a1585 Maitl. Q. xcv. 26.
O cruel deith, thow wes nocht ȝit content To cutt this noble Lord with thy scharp huik
1596 Reg. Privy C. V. 275.
Taking of the sheiraris huikis fra thame and stopping thame to sheir the cornis
1597 Brechin Test. I. 149 b.
Sex firlottis eaitis, … Item thre huikis
1639 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 487.
He was restand to the persewar … aucht punds … the maill of thrie huiks land
(d) 1583 St. A. Test. II. b.
Ane new sek … , ane hwik
1617 Montgomery Mem. 276.
For ane hwik to scheir gers with
1643 Acts VI. 25/1.
2000 hwickis and 100 sythes for sheiring and mawing
(e) c1520-c1535 Nisbet III. 262/3.
Thai sal well togiddir thar suerdis into cultiris, and thar speris into heukis (or sythes)
c1520-c1535 Ib. Mark iv. 29.
Anoon he sendis the hewk, for schering tyme is cummyn

b. A reaper with a hook. 1511 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I. 104.
Ilkane of the said personis sall … pay … four fowlis and tua huks ane day in harsit
1517 Fife Sheriff Ct. 79.
Quhilkis landis … gevis of ȝerly maile … vj cane foulis with tua hukis in hervist quhile the corne be schorne
1639 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. II. 487.
Four poundis sex schillingis … for ane huiks fie
1642 Ib. III. 37.
Ane bandwin of huiks ane day in harvest yeirlie
1643 Elgin Rec. I. 277.
Huikis in harvest scheiring on the landis haldin of the toun
The … libertie of feing of huiks in harvest
1657 Cramond Cullen Ann. 47.
The best man huick sall have onlie in tyme of harvest £5 . ., the second man huick £3, [etc.]

2. A fish-hook, or one similarly used. Also freq. fig.(a) c1460 Wisd. Sol. 748.
As fisch ar tan with hukis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1994.
I can nouther fische with huke nor net
1535 Stewart 3641.
Upoun ane huke the hungrie fische to tak
1558 Rentale Dunkeld. 355.
For lynis and iij hundreth hukis on thame
a1568 Scott xxxiv. 3.
Ȝe blindit luiffarris luke … Espy the snair and hwke
c1600 Montg. Suppl. 199/34.
Thay hukis that hundrethe hes orthraune
(b) c1552 Lynd. Mon. 4753.
Bot thay have spred thair net with huik and lyne On rentis ryche
1565 Inverness B. Rec. I. 126.
To refound … vij stringis of lynes, thre hundreth huikis
a1585 Arbuthnot Maitl. Q. xlv. 30.
Gaine is my huik and cuttit is my lyne, Amang thir poetis I will fische na mair
1582 Reg. Privy C. III. 624.
Be casting of … huikis with bait and burris to … alluir the auld solane geise to the boittis
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xlvii. 87.
On kitlest huiks the sliest baits they are
?1549 Monro W. Isles 62.
Within this cove ther uses whytteins to be slain with huikes
1622-6 Bisset ll. 258/21.
Nettis, … lynis, huikis … aucht nocht to be pillaige
(c) 1571 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 674.
Cum … piscationibus et lie bait, hwik, et lyne
1592 Acts III. 614/1.
To slay and distroy the saidis solane geis be casting of neittis and hwikis
?1549 Monro W. Isles (Sibbald) 21.
Within this cove thair uses quhyles to be slane with hwikis verie mony haddockis & quhyttingis
(d) c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. xvii. 27.
Ga thou to the see, and cast ane hewk, and tak the ilk fisch that first cummis vp

3. A barb of an arrow. c1420 Wynt. ii. 37.
Thare in he set a brade arowe That to the hwkis [C. hukys] wpe he drwe
Ib. ix. 3059. c1475 Wall. iv. 553.
Ane angell hede to the hukis he drcw
a1605 Montg. Misc. P. xxviii. 57.
Eviry shaft must … haif als mony heeds And euirie head als mony huikis And euirie huik als mony fluikis

4. A hook, in various senses. a1400 Leg. S. i. 851.
Foure quhelis … Of the quhilkis the felyis all With scharpe houkis fichit be sall, & all the spakis … Sall be fichit with hukis sere
1506 Treas. Acc. III. 48.
For jc gretar hukis callit crochattis
1561 Ib. XI. 116.
Towis, wandis, ringis, huikis, and ane stik to the anker
1596 Dalr. I. 90/26.
Thay war harnest with jacks al wouen throuch with yrne huikes, quhilkes habbirgeounis thay cal
1606 Edinb. Test. XLII. 80.
Four clouttis of huikis, … twa clouttis neiddillis
1633 M. Works Acc. XXVIII. 24.
xxx huikes for walplaites at ij s the peice
1653 Edinb. Test. LXVII. 10.
xxv paipers of steill huicks

5. Attrib. and comb. with maker, prein, wire.(1) 1557 Sutherland Chart. 119.
Duodecim denarios lie huik siluir
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 62 b.
Tuentie tua pundis … weycht huik silver
(2) 1541 Aberd. B. Rec. MS. XVII. (Jam.).
Topping of wax, tar, pik, irn & huik-wair
1578 Edinb. Test. VI. 347.
Ane hank of huke wyre
1607 Ib. XLII. 244 b.
Sax paper of huik preins
(3) 1582 Crail B. Ct. 1 June.
1615 Edinb. Test. XLIX. 13.
Thomas Thomsone, huikmaker in Fischeraw

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