• "to bother incessantly: ANNOY" (Weiser)

Example Sentences

  • "Don't hock me a tchainik."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • האַקן hakn 'to chop; mince; beat' (verbal stem is האַק hak); esp. from phrase האַקן אַ טשײַניק hakn a tshaynik 'lit. beating a teapot; annoy' (האַק מיר נישט קײן טשײַניק hak mir nisht keyn tshaynik 'don't bug me'
    • Who Uses This

      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older


      • North America


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

      Alternative Spellings

      hak, huk, huck, hok

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