Burke

[ burk ]
/ bɜrk /

noun

BillieMary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke, 1886–1970, U.S. actress.
Edmund,1729–97, Irish statesman, orator, and writer.
Kenneth Du·va [doo-vey] /duˈveɪ/, 1897–1993, U.S. literary critic.

Definition for burke's (2 of 2)

Burk

or Burke

[ burk ]
/ bɜrk /

noun

Martha Jane,1852?–1903, Calamity Jane.
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British Dictionary definitions for burke's (1 of 3)

burk
/ (bɜːk) /

noun

British slang a variant spelling of berk

British Dictionary definitions for burke's (2 of 3)

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's (3 of 3)

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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