burke

[ burk ]
/ bɜrk /

verb (used with object), burked, burk·ing.

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.

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Origin of burke

after W. Burke, hanged in 1829 in Edinburgh for murders of this kind

OTHER WORDS FROM burke

burker, burk·ite [bur-kahyt], /ˈbɜr kaɪt/, noun

Definition for burke (2 of 2)

Burke
[ burk ]
/ bɜrk /

noun

Billie Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, 1886–1970, U.S. actress.
Edmund, 1729–97, Irish statesman, orator, and writer.
Kenneth Du·va [doo-vuh], /duˈvə/, 1897–1993, U.S. literary critic.
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British Dictionary definitions for burke (1 of 2)

burke
/ (bɜːk) /

verb (tr)

to murder in such a way as to leave no marks on the body, usually by suffocation
to get rid of, silence, or suppress

Word Origin for burke

C19: named after William Burke, executed in Edinburgh for a murder of this type

British Dictionary definitions for burke (2 of 2)

Burke
/ (bɜːk) /

noun

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
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