- Hotcockles Hot"coc`kles, n. [Hot + cockle, cockle being perh. corrupt. fr. knuckle. Cf. F. main chaude (lit., hot hand) hotcockles.] A childish play, in which one covers his eyes, and guesses who strikes him or his hand placed behind him. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.