From Middle English holk, from Old English holc (“hole, cavity”), from Proto-Germanic *hulkaz (“a hollow”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel- (“to cover, hide”). Cognate with Low German holke, hölke (“small hole”), German Holk (“a type of flat-bottomed barge”), Swedish holk (“nest, birdhouse”), Icelandic hólkur (“tube”). Related to hulk.
holk (plural holks)
- (Britain dialectal) A hollow cavity.
holk (third-person singular simple present holks, present participle holking, simple past and past participle holked)
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To dig out; make hollow; hollow out.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To dig; dig into; pierce; penetrate; investigate; poke.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal) To dig up; excavate.