noun (in England) a festival formerly kept on the second Monday and Tuesday after Easter, originally to raise money for the Church and parish.
C15: of unknown origin.

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  • Hocktide — was a mediaeval festival that may have celebrated the massacre of the Danes in England or the death of Harthacanute in the 11th century. Traditionally the festivities consisted of a practice called binding : the men of the parish tying up the… …   Wikipedia

  • Hocktide — (engl., spr. hócktaid , Hochzeit, auch Hock genannt), in England die lustige Zeit der beiden Hocktage (engl. Hockdays), am 15. und 16. Tage nach Ostern. Am ersten, dem eigentlichen »Hocktag«, pflegen die Männer, am folgenden, dem »Hockdienstag«,… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Hocktide —    The second Monday and Tuesday after Easter were termed Hocktide. In the Middle Ages these were days marked with festivities and rejoicing, although the only place that remembers them now is Hungerford in Berkshire. The most widespread custom… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • hocktide — Hockday Hock day , n. [Cf. AS. h[=o]cor mockery, scorn.] A holiday commemorating the expulsion of the Danes, formerly observed on the second Tuesday after Easter; called also {hocktide}. [Eng.] [Written also {hokeday}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hocktide — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Middle English hoketyde, from hoke + tyde, tide time, season more at tide : Hock Monday and Hock Tuesday …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hocktide play — ▪ English folk play       a folk play formerly given at Coventry, Eng., on Hock Tuesday (the second Tuesday after Easter). The play was suppressed at the Protestant Reformation because of disorders attendant on it but was revived for the… …   Universalium

  • Hungerford Hocktide —    Hungerford, Berkshire, preserves a complex of civic^manorial customs at Hocktide, the second Tuesday after Easter, which were concerned with the administration of the town s common land and local fishing rights, but which previously had much… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Гоктейд — (Hocktide) веселый праздник в Англии на 15 й день после Пасхи. Продолжается два дня; в 1 й мужчины, а во 2 й женщины преграждают улицы веревками и требуют от прохожих подарков. Выкуп этот идет для благотворительных целей. Происхождение обычая… …   Энциклопедический словарь Ф.А. Брокгауза и И.А. Ефрона

  • Hungerford — For other uses, see: Hungerford (disambiguation) Coordinates: 51°24′52″N 1°30′53″W / 51.4144°N 1.5146°W / 51.4144; 1.5146 …   Wikipedia

  • horns —    In popular culture for centuries past, the phrase he wears the horns was used to designate a cuckold, and rather than bringing forth sympathy it has been treated as a joke of which people never seem to tire. The metaphor of the horns was so… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

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