- 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.
Origin of burke
Related Words for burkeddodge, elude, sidestep, evade, ignore, bypass, circumvent, muzzle, suppress, smother, repress, suffocate, curb, squelch, strangle, silence, subdue, quench, censor, abolish
Examples from the Web for burked
Historical Examples of burked
One or two motions for amnesty were burked by the previous question.History of the Commune of 1871
I am sure that present Royalty would neither be boycotted nor burked.My Life as an Author
Martin Farquhar Tupper
There is a Lhassa in Mayfair, our efforts to attain which are Burked.Our Stage and Its Critics
"E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
Finding that she was alone with her daughter, the three scoundrels 'burked' the poor women and outraged them.Jonathan and His Continent
The victim was seized from behind, one man gagged or burked him, while another picked his pocket.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
- 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
- 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
family name (first recorded 1066), from Anglo-Norman pronunciation of Old English burgh. Not common in England itself, but it took root in Ireland, where William de Burgo went in 1171 with Henry II and later became Earl of Ulster. As shorthand for a royalty reference book, it represents "A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the United Kingdom," first issued 1826, compiled by John Burke (1787-1848). As a verb meaning "murder by smothering," it is abstracted from William Burk, executed in Edinburgh 1829 for murdering several persons to sell their bodies for dissection.