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