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  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

First recorded in 1890–95; alteration of poke1


  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 of Puck

before 1000; Middle English pouke, Old English pūca; cognate with Old Norse pūki a mischievous demon
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  • Thinking that this was intended to be a polite question, Puck looked up.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • Now it was Puck who led the fairies as the great peacemaker.

    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


  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 (tr)
  1. to strike (the ball) in hurling
  2. Irish slang to strike hard; punch

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


  1. (often capital) a mischievous or evil spiritAlso called: Robin Goodfellow
Derived Formspuckish, adjective

Word Origin

Old English pūca, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for puck


"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."


"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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