- (obsolete) scorn; derision; abusive talk
- 1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Reues Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- She was as digne as water in a dich, / As ful of hoker and of bisemare.
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(See the entry for hoker in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)