Meaning of JOHN-A-NOKES in English


or john-a-noakes ˌjänəˈnōks

Usage: usually capitalized J&N

Etymology: alteration of earlier John at Noke, from the name John + at Noke, probably from Middle English atten ok at the oak tree

archaic : a party to legal proceedings whose true name is unknown

as willing to plead for John-a-Nokes as for the first noble of the land — Sir Walter Scott

— compare john-a-stiles

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