Definition of hoach in English:


(also hotch)


[NO OBJECT]Northern english, Scottish
  • Be full of or swarming with.

    ‘the place is hoaching with wee girls in pink leotards and tutus’
    ‘The Museum of Transport was absolutely hoaching today’
    • ‘"This town," said the master from Lurganboy, "is hoaching with women."’
    • ‘It's the last Thursday evening before Christmas and the Corinthian is hoaching with the vacuously hip and happening in their shiny glad-rags.’
    • ‘The nose is hoaching with bacteria, so avoid depilation: plucking the hair can cause inflammation and possibly infection.’
    • ‘You damned eejit - that man could've been one of those perverts. Places like that hoach with'm.’
    • ‘Is Finland hotching with these enteroviruses, are there more of these enteroviruses here than in Sweden or Russia, or Australia?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Much to my astonishment, the bar was hoaching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After EastEnders on a Sunday this bookshop is positively hoaching with readers looking for Mr or Ms Right.’
    • ‘Red Road was hoaching with weans and footballs and flags.’
    • ‘At certain times of the year, particularly after the rainy season, they proliferated, and the grass around our house hotched with them.’
    • ‘Outside, the sun-drenched streets are deserted, inside the cavernous tiled space is hoaching.’
    • ‘While Scotland may be notably short on younger singer-songwriters, America is positively hoaching with them, particularly of the female persuasion.’
    • ‘At the turn of the century Port Glasgow fairly hoached with shipyards managed by relatively small companies.’
    • ‘The pub is hoaching with people, alive with the buzz of conversation.’
    • ‘I might have guessed that the place would soon be hotching with Davy's troops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    teeming, swarming, thronged, overflowing, overrun, bristling, bustling, rife, infested, thick, crowded, packed
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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..