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[yoo-ker] /ˈyu kər/
Cards. a game played by two, three, or four persons, usually with the 32, but sometimes with the 28 or 24, highest cards in the pack.
an instance of euchring or being euchred.
verb (used with object), euchred, euchring.
to get the better of (an opponent) in a hand at euchre by the opponent's failure to win three tricks after having made the trump.
Slang. to cheat; swindle.
Origin of euchre
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for euchre
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  • Or will we say euchre, for the sake of the days that are dead and gone?

    The Gambler Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • There was a gambler over in Lazette thought to euchre Dakota.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • euchre's reply rather chilled Duane's interest for the moment.

  • I can set another woman on the track that'll euchre her every time!

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • euchre went on calling Duane's attention to other men, just as he happened to glance over them.

  • Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • They sat down and played a game of euchre for a cent a point, the tablets at hand between them to write whatever was mindful.

    Bohemian Days Geo. Alfred Townsend
  • euchre,”—when the party making the trump fails to take three tricks.

    The Laws of Euchre H. C. Leeds
  • When euchre had shuffled into the house Mrs. Bland turned to Duane with curiosity and interest in her gaze.

  • He's improved a good deal in euchre lately, and in poker—well!

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for euchre


a US and Canadian card game similar to écarté for two to four players, using a poker pack with joker
an instance of euchring another player, preventing him from making his contracted tricks
verb (transitive)
to prevent (a player) from making his contracted tricks
(usually foll by out) (US & Canadian, Austral & NZ, informal) to outwit or cheat
(Austral & NZ, informal) to ruin or exhaust
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for euchre

card game, 1846, American English, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for euchre



To outwit, esp by cheating; scam (1855+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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