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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hink, Hynk, v. [MLG., MDu. hinken (also mod. LG. and Du.), Dan. hinke, Icel. (14th c.) hinka, to limp, hobble.] intr. To walk or move unsteadily. — a1500 Henr. III. 117/62.
Thy heil sall hynk [Maitl. F. hink], and tak a hurt bot hwn
a1689 Cleland Poems 105.
Any that saw his strange deport, Perceiv'd his maw to hink and jarr

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