1. a tennis court-keeper's boy ...1500-20 obs.
2. a snack or lunch, a slight repast; a piece of bread eaten at noon
3. a disappointment, rebuke, etc. ...1801 Sc.
4. a small, undergrown, neat person ...1808 Sc.
5. a piece of wood, stone, or bone used in the game of 'shinty'
(a team game played with sticks and a ball) ...1818 Sc.
6. a quantity of snuff made up in a ball-shaped or cylindrical form;
a small roll of tobacco ...1825 Sc.
7. a pert, forward, smart boy; a trifling little person; an insignificant person;
a wicked, mischievous, or impertinent child; a precocious child ...1833 Sc.
8. a sharp blow ...1865 Sc.
9. a knickknack, a small ornament ...1928 Sc.
for definition 1: apparently from French naquet 'the boy that serues, or stops the ball ...at tennis'
for definition 2: variation of nocket, of obscure origin
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
a1500 - See Example below
"Sa mony rakkettis, sa mony ketche-pillaris,
Sic ballis, sic nackettis, and sic tutivillaris."
From: The Poems of William Dunbar
William Dunbar, 1500-20