[deek]Ice Hockey.

verb (used with object), deked, dek·ing.

to deceive (an opponent) by a fake.


a fake or feint intended to deceive a defensive player, often drawing that player out of position.

Origin of deke

First recorded in 1955–60; orig. Canadian E shortening of decoy




Donald KentDeke, 1924–1993, U.S. astronaut. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deke

Contemporary Examples of deke

Historical Examples of deke

  • "But Roddy and Deke were different," reflected Hicks, pondering seriously.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

    J. Raymond Elderdice

  • It was Roddy's tremendous ambition that had to be curbed, and Deke was the victim of circumstances.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

    J. Raymond Elderdice

British Dictionary definitions for deke



(esp in ice hockey) the act or an instance of feinting


(esp in ice hockey) to deceive (an opponent) by carrying out a feint

Word Origin for deke

C20: shortened from decoy
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Word Origin and History for deke

1960, ice hockey slang for a quick feinting move, short for decoy. The verb is attested from 1961.

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