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Definition of 'eke'


Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


  • To increase; to add to, augment, lengthen.
  • *
  • Here endlesse penance for one fault I pay, / But that redoubled crime with vengeance new / Thou biddest me to eeke ?
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  • (obsolete) An addition.
  • * Geddes
  • Clumsy ekes that may well be spared.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • (beekeeping|archaic) A very small addition to the bottom of a beehive, often merely of a few bands of straw, on which the hive is raised temporarily.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


  • (obsolete) Also.
  • * 1663 ,
  • 'Tis false: for Arthur wore in hall / Round-table like a farthingal, / On which, with shirt pull'd out behind, / And eke before, his good knights dined.
  • * 1782 ,
  • 'John Gilpin was a citizen / of credit and renown / A train-band captain eke was he / of famous London town.'

    See also

    * eke out


    * English palindromes ----

    Similar to 'eke'

    ese, ease, eche, egge, euge, eeke