(Hob"nail`), v. t. To tread down roughly, as with hobnailed shoes.
Your rights and charters hobnailed into slush.Tennyson.
(Hob"nailed`) a. See with hobnails, as a shoe.
(Hob"nob`) adv. [AS. habban to have + habban to have not; ne not + habban to have. See
Have, and cf. Habnab.]
1. Have or have not; a familiar invitation to reciprocal drinking. Shak.
2. At random; hit or miss. (Obs.) Holinshed.
(Hob"nob`), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hornobbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hornobbing.]
1. To drink familiarly (with another). [ Written also hob-a-nob.]
2. To associate familiarly; to be on intimate terms.
(Hob"nob`), n. Familiar, social intercourse. W. Black.
(Hob"or*nob`) adv. See Hobnob.
(Ho"boy) n. A hautboy or oboe. [Obs.]
(Hob"son's choice") A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.
It is said to have had its origin in the name of one Hobson, at Cambridge, England, who let horses, and
required every customer to take in his turn the horse which stood next the stable door.
(Hoc"co) n. (Zoöl.) The crested curassow; called also royal pheasant. See Curassow.
(Hoche"pot) n. Hotchpot. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hock) n. [So called from Hochheim, in Germany.] A Rhenish wine, of a light yellow color, either
sparkling or still. The name is also given indiscriminately to all Rhenish wines.
(Hock, Hough) n. [ AS. hh the heel; prob. akin to Icel. hasinn hock sinew, Dan. hasc, G. hechse,
hächse, LG. hacke, D. hak; also to L. coxa hip (cf. Cuisses), Skr. kaksha armpit. &radic12. Cf. Heel.]
1. (a) The joint in the hind limb of quadrupeds between the leg and shank, or tibia and tarsus, and
corresponding to the ankle in man. (b) A piece cut by butchers, esp. in pork, from either the front or
hind leg, just above the foot.