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[dook, dyook] /duk, dyuk/
Benjamin Newton, 1855–1929, and his brother, James Buchanan, 1856–1925, U.S. industrialists.
a male given name. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for benjamin newton duke


a nobleman of high rank: in the British Isles standing above the other grades of the nobility
the prince or ruler of a small principality or duchy
adjective ducal
Word Origin
C12: from Old French duc, from Latin dux leader
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Word Origin and History for benjamin newton duke



early 12c., "sovereign prince," from Old French duc (12c.) and directly from Latin dux (genitive ducis) "leader, commander," in Late Latin "governor of a province," from ducere "to lead," from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (cf. Old English togian "to pull, drag," Old High German ziohan "to pull," Old English togian "to draw, drag," Middle Welsh dygaf "I draw").

Applied in English to "nobleman of the highest rank" probably first mid-14c., ousting native earl. Also used to translate various European titles (e.g. Russian knyaz).

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Slang definitions & phrases for benjamin newton duke



  1. A hand, esp when regarded as a weapon (1874+)
  2. The winning decision in a boxing match, signaled by the referee's holding up the victor's hand: Even if I lose the duke I get forty percent (1930s+ Prizefight)


  1. To hand something to someone: Duke the kid a five or ten (1940s+)
  2. To fight with the fists (1940s+)
  3. To try to collect money from a parent for something given to a child (1940s+ Circus)
  4. To short-change someone by palming a coin owed him (1940s+ Circus)
  5. To shake hands; press the flesh (1965+)
  6. To do the sex act with or to; boff, screw: She might even have duked one of the Hobart Street Fros sometime (1990s+ Street gang)

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[perhaps fr Romany dook, ''the hand as read in palmistry, one's fate'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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