From Middle English noke, nok ‎(nook, corner, angle), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots neuk, nuk ‎(corner, angle of a square, angular object). Perhaps from Old English hnoc, hnocc ‎(hook, angle), from Proto-Germanic *hnukkaz, *hnukkô ‎(a bend), from Proto-Indo-European *knewg- ‎(to turn, press), from Proto-Indo-European *ken- ‎(to pinch, press, bend). If so, then also related to Scots nok ‎(small hook), Norwegian dialectal nok, nokke ‎(hook, angle, bent object), Danish nokke ‎(hook), Swedish nocke ‎(hook), Faroese nokki ‎(crook), Icelandic hnokki ‎(hook), Dutch nok ‎(ridge), Low German Nocke ‎(tip), Old Norse hnúka ‎(to bend, crouch), Old English ġehnycned ‎(drawn, pinched, wrinkled).



nook ‎(plural nooks)

  1. A small corner formed by two walls; an alcove.
    There was a small broom for sweeping ash kept in the nook between the fireplace bricks and the wall.
  2. A hidden or secluded spot.
    The back of the used book shop was one of her favorite nooks; she could read for hours and no one would bother her or pester her to buy.
  3. (historical) An English unit of land area, originally ¼ of a yardland but later 12½ or 20 acres.
    • a. 1634, W. Noye, The Complete Lawyer, 57:
      You must note, that two Fardells of Land make a Nooke of Land, and two Nookes make halfe a Yard of Land.
    • 1903, English Dialectical Dictionary, volume IV, page 295:
      Nook, an old legal term for 12½ acres of land; still in use at Alston.
    • 1968 November 9, The Economist, page 2:
      They poured their wine by the aume or the fust, and cut their cloth by the goad—not to be confused with the gawd, which was a measure of steel. Their nook was not cosy; it covered 20 acres.




  • (unit of area): See fardel (½ nook), see acre (various fractions & for further subdivisions)

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