- to murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.
- to suppress or get rid of by some indirect maneuver.
Origin of burke
- BillieMary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, 1886–1970, U.S. actress.
- Edmund,1729–97, Irish statesman, orator, and writer.
- Kenneth Du·va [doo-vey] /duˈveɪ/, 1897–1993, U.S. literary critic.
- Martha Jane,1852?–1903, Calamity Jane.
Examples from the Web for burke
Robert Kennedy and his Assistant Attorney General Burke Marshall brought new energy to the Civil Rights Division.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
No friend of liberty can avoid the tumble back and forth between Burke and Paine.My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul
P. J. O’Rourke
September 27, 2014
An earlier Marquette Law School poll showed a tighter race, but with Burke again easily beating Walker by 18 points among women.What Do Women Want? Not the GOP
September 8, 2014
It is a place certainly worth visiting, and with Burke as host, one that is difficult to leave.
Burke insists that he is not nostalgic and he is not delusional.
"It's a man named Burke," she explained, as her mistress lay blinking.
Burke winced, but he made shift to conceal his realization of the truth she had stated to him.
Burke was fairly gasping over this outrage against his authority.
Inspector Burke himself filled the void in the halting sentence.
Inspector Burke will tell you how easy it is for me to get it.
- to murder in such a way as to leave no marks on the body, usually by suffocation
- to get rid of, silence, or suppress
- Edmund . 1729–97, British Whig statesman, conservative political theorist, and orator, born in Ireland: defended parliamentary government and campaigned for a more liberal treatment of the American colonies; denounced the French Revolution
- Robert O'Hara . 1820–61, Irish explorer, who led the first expedition (1860–61) across Australia from south to north. He was accompanied by W. J. Wills, George Grey, and John King; King alone survived the return journey
- William . 1792–1829, Irish murderer and body snatcher; associate of William Hare
- British slang a variant spelling of berk
Word Origin and History for burke
family name (first recorded 1066), from Anglo-Norman pronunciation of Old English burgh. Not common in England itself, but it took root in Ireland, where William de Burgo went in 1171 with Henry II and later became Earl of Ulster. As shorthand for a royalty reference book, it represents "A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom," first issued 1826, compiled by John Burke (1787-1848). As a verb meaning "murder by smothering," it is abstracted from William Burk, executed in Edinburgh 1829 for murdering several persons to sell their bodies for dissection.