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puck

[puhk] /pʌk/
noun
1.
Ice Hockey. a black disk of vulcanized rubber that is to be hit into the goal.
2.
British Computers. mouse (def 4).
Origin of puck
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95; alteration of poke1

Puck

[puhk] /pʌk/
noun
1.
Also called Hobgoblin, Robin Goodfellow. a particularly mischievous sprite in English folklore who appears as a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
2.
(lowercase) a malicious or mischievous demon or spirit; a goblin.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English pouke, Old English pūca; cognate with Old Norse pūki a mischievous demon
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  • Now it was puck who led the fairies as the great peacemaker.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Thinking that this was intended to be a polite question, puck looked up.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • The talk now turned on puck, who was to be the president of the meeting.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • puck would laugh if you should say that a telephone was any new thing to him.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Her twin in mischief is puck, and she, too, is fond of paying visits to the bungalow.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for puck

puck1

/pʌk/
noun
1.
a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
2.
a stroke at the ball in hurling
3.
(Irish, slang) a sharp blow
verb (transitive)
4.
to strike (the ball) in hurling
5.
(Irish, slang) to strike hard; punch
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

puck2

/pʌk/
noun
1.
(often capital) a mischievous or evil spirit Also called Robin Goodfellow
Derived Forms
puckish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English pūca, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for puck
n.

"ice hockey disk," 1891, possibly from puck (v.) "to hit, strike" (1861), which perhaps is related to poke (v.) via notion of "push." Another suggestion traces the noun to Irish poc "bag."

Puck

"mischievous fairy" (in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably from pouke "devil, evil spirit" (c.1300), from Old English puca, pucel "goblin," cognate with Old Norse puki "devil, fiend," of unknown origin (cf. pug). Celtic origins also have been proposed. Capitalized since 16c. His disguised name was Robin Goodfellow.

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