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Alec

or Aleck

[al-ik] /ˈæl ɪk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Alexander.
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  • There were three of them that got across the river—a man and his wife and aleck.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • aleck looked at the driver, then at the Sheriff, and then at my father.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • As I was opening the garden-gate—it was night—aleck laid his hand on my shoulder.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • When aleck Howell was excited, his grammar went to the four winds.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • Perhaps he expected aleck Douglas to introduce him, but he did not wait for the formality.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Thinking, too, of old aleck Douglas and the things that he had said in his raving.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • I would think it natural to run away and leave him, like aleck and Scip did.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • You and aleck are to be as like brothers to each other as may be.

  • Then aleck and I had to present our nosegays, which were, of course, greatly praised.

  • aleck, my dear boy, you will be the wonder of the age, so prepare to be made a show of!

Idioms and Phrases with aleck

aleck

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