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[jook] /dʒuk/ Football.
verb (used with object), juked, juking.
to make a move intended to deceive (an opponent).
a fake or feint, usually intended to deceive a defensive player.
Origin of juke1
spelling variant of jouk


[jook] /dʒuk/
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  • Loitering at the juke box, Pembroke overheard the conversation.

    The Perfectionists Arnold Castle
  • "I 'clare, juke, I 'clare you is a caution," was all he could say.

  • juke, in the course of time, was engaged to be married to a maiden named Cleora.

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • Hell of a pompous duck; the boys call him 'juke Montgomery.'

    Keith of the Border Randall Parrish
  • Any one would of thought it was the juke of Wellington, to hear him arguing with that driver.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
Word Origin and History for juke

"roadhouse," 1935; see jukebox.


"to duck, dodge, feint," by 1971, variant of jook (q.v.). Related: Juked; juking.

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

juke 1


  1. juke house
  2. juke joint
  3. jukebox
  4. Liquor; booze: That is some juke, man. That is some bad beverage (1990s+ Black street talk)


  1. To tour roadside bars, drinking and dancing: I want you to go juking with me
  2. To have a good time; disport oneself, esp at a party (1970s+ College students)
  3. To dance (1970s+ College students)
  4. To do the sex act; boff, screw: ''Did you juke?'' ''No, we just met'' (1980s+ College students)
  5. To kill; off, scrag: A man said the lady who got juked was Alice Carmody (1980s+)
  6. To absent oneself from school; play hooky (1970s+ Canadian teenagers)

Related Terms

jive and juke, juking and jiving

[1900s+; fr Gullah fr Wolof and/or Bambara, ''unsavory'']

juke 2


To swerve and reverse evasively; trick a defender or tackler; jink: Rather than to juke a defensive back, then duck inside/ Zaffuto juked past Peters on the right side

[Sports; fr Scots jouk, of uncertain origin]

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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