See also: Nock


Etymology 1Edit

Attested since the 14th century, probably from a Scandinavian language (compare Swedish nock (notch), but compare Dutch nok.[1]


nock (plural nocks)

  1. Either of the two grooves in a bow that hold the bowstring.
  2. The notch at the rear of an arrow that fits on the bowstring.
    • (Can we date this quote by Chapman and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He took his arrow by the nock.
  3. (nautical) The upper fore corner of a boom sail or trysail.


nock (third-person singular simple present nocks, present participle nocking, simple past and past participle nocked)

  1. (transitive) To fit an arrow against the bowstring of a bow or crossbow. (See also notch (verb).)
  2. (transitive) To cut a nock in (usually in an arrow's base or the tips of a bow).

Etymology 2Edit


nock (plural nocks)

  1. Misspelling of knock.