Meaning of hoach in English:


Pronunciation /hɒtʃ/


(also hotch)
[no object]Scottish, Northern English hoach with
  • Be full of or swarming with.

    ‘the place is hoaching with wee girls in pink leotards and tutus’
    • ‘You damned eejit - that man could've been one of those perverts. Places like that hoach with'm.’
    • ‘"This town," said the master from Lurganboy, "is hoaching with women."’
    • ‘The pub is hoaching with people, alive with the buzz of conversation.’
    • ‘Red Road was hoaching with weans and footballs and flags.’
    • ‘At the turn of the century Port Glasgow fairly hoached with shipyards managed by relatively small companies.’
    • ‘Outside, the sun-drenched streets are deserted, inside the cavernous tiled space is hoaching.’
    • ‘Much to my astonishment, the bar was hoaching.’
    • ‘It's the last Thursday evening before Christmas and the Corinthian is hoaching with the vacuously hip and happening in their shiny glad-rags.’
    • ‘After EastEnders on a Sunday this bookshop is positively hoaching with readers looking for Mr or Ms Right.’
    • ‘The nose is hoaching with bacteria, so avoid depilation: plucking the hair can cause inflammation and possibly infection.’
    • ‘The trial was thrilling, because the defendant was (back then) black-haired, charismatic and handsome enough to cut a dramatic figure in court, which my husband pointed out was "hoaching" with women.’
    • ‘Cameron was not overly impressed with Calanais so we did not linger - it was hoaching with tourists too so another reason to get off sharpish.’
    • ‘If we hadn't had the Reformation, Scottish Catholicism would have been hoaching with moving statues, weeping Madonnas and blood-stained St Bonaventures.’
    • ‘Thomson's script is hoaching with possibility.’
    • ‘While Scotland may be notably short on younger singer-songwriters, America is positively hoaching with them, particularly of the female persuasion.’
    • ‘At certain times of the year, particularly after the rainy season, they proliferated, and the grass around our house hotched with them.’
    • ‘Nor are we to linger over spacious days, just a little more than the half- century past, when the burgh hotched with lawyers and merchants.’
    • ‘The real culprits in dental decay are sugar in your diet and dental plaque, which turns out to be a highly active film on your teeth hotching with bacteria.’
    • ‘Is Finland hotching with these enteroviruses, are there more of these enteroviruses here than in Sweden or Russia, or Australia?’
    • ‘I might have guessed that the place would soon be hotching with Davy's troops.’
    teeming, swarming, thronged, overflowing, overrun, bristling, bustling, rife, infested, thick, crowded, packed


Late Middle English (in sense ‘move jerkily, jolt’): from Anglo-Norman French hocher ‘shake to and fro’, of Germanic origin. The current sense dates from the late 18th century..