hank
Pronunciation Noun

hank (plural hanks)

  1. A coil or loop of something, especially twine, yarn, or rope.
  2. (nautical) A ring or shackle that secures a staysail to its stay and allows the sail to glide smoothly up and down.
  3. (Ulster) Doubt, difficulty.
  4. (Ulster) Mess, tangle.
  5. A rope or withe for fastening a gate.
  6. (obsolete) Hold; influence.
    • When the devil hath got such a hank over him.
  7. (wrestling) A throw in which a wrestler turns his left side to his opponent, twines his left leg about his opponent's right leg from the inside, and throws him backward.
Translations
  • Russian: мото́к
Verb

hank (hanks, present participle hanking; past and past participle hanked)

  1. (transitive) To form into hanks.
  2. (transitive, UK, dialect) To fasten with a rope, as a gate.

Hank
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
  2. (archaic) A diminutive of the given name Hankin (a medieval form of John).



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