hoek, noun2

/hʊk/, /huk/
Forms:
Also hook, huik.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, angle, corner, hook, glen.
1. A bend in a river, an angular part of a mountain, a coastal inlet, or any topographical feature in which a bend or angle is prominent: used as an element in place names, as Fish Hoek, Franschhoek, Gannahoek.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 28The greatest Plenty of all is found at a Place, call’d the Fish-Huik, just under the Rock, call’d Hang-Lips.
1795 C.R. Hopson tr. of C.P. Thunberg’s Trav. I. 13Hoek, added to the end of certain words, such as Mosterts-hoek, denotes a projecting angle, or point of a mountain.
1839 J. Collett Diary. II. 6 Feb.Tracked to day from Kline fontien to Lombards hook.
1852 M.B. Hudson S. Afr. Frontier Life 246The Keiskamma Hoek is the basin of the Keiskamma River at its source.
1989 P.E. Raper Dict. of Sn Afr. Place Names 213Houhoek Pass, Explained as hout hoek or ‘wood corner’, hou hoek or ‘hold corner’.
2. obsolescent. A valley bounded on three sides by hills or mountains; a glen.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 59I got upon the ridge which divides this hoek from another winding glen called Gannahoek.
1834 T.H. Bowker Journal. 26 Dec.The church to be a place of rendezvous for the boors in the hook.
1838 J. Collett Diary. I. 30 Apr.Tracked to day with my Oxen out of the hook to Kline Fontien.
1852 M.B. Hudson S. Afr. Frontier Life 21Somerset Town..is built in a vale, Or hoek of the mountain so hidden from sight.
1855 G. Brown Personal Adventure 59A hoek, in South Africa, is not exactly what you would know by a vale at home; it is rather a cleft in a mountain, or between a range of mountains.
1900 B. Mitford Aletta 99We might take guns and go down to the hoek. It’s swarming with duiker and blesbok.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 213Hoek, A narrow glen or corner formed by the junction of hills or mountains, the entrance to it being also the exit.
1937 C.R. Prance Tante Rebella’s Saga 75His sinfulness cost almost every man in the hoek the price of a new hat.
1949 L.G. Green In Land of Afternoon 21There is the hoek which is easy to enter but hard to leave save by the way you came.
A bend in a river, an angular part of a mountain, a coastal inlet, or any topographical feature in which a bend or angle is prominent: used as an element in place names, as Fish Hoek, Franschhoek, Gannahoek.
A valley bounded on three sides by hills or mountains; a glen.
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