[ dook, dyook ]
/ duk, dyuk /
(in Continental Europe) the male ruler of a duchy; the sovereign of a small state.
a British nobleman holding the highest hereditary title outside the royal family, ranking immediately below a prince and above a marquis; a member of the highest rank of the British peerage.
a nobleman of corresponding rank in certain other countries.
a cultivated hybrid of the sweet and sour cherry.
dukes, Slang. fists; hands: Put up your dukes.
verb (used with object), duked, duk·ing.
Slang. to hit or thrash with the fists (sometimes followed by out): He duked me because he said I had insulted him. The bully said he was going to duke out anyone who disagreed.
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Idioms for duke
duke it out, to fight, especially with the fists; do battle: The adversaries were prepared to duke it out in the alley.
Origin of duke
1100–50; Middle English duke, duc, late Old English duc < Old French duc, dus, dux < Medieval Latin dux hereditary ruler of a small state, Latin: leader; see dux; dukes “fists” of unclear derivation and perhaps of distinct orig.
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Examples from the Web for duked
Left unmentioned was how he and Romney duked it out, not always pleasantly, for the 2008 presidential nomination.John McCain Heats Up November Battle for Arizona at Lunch for Romney|Terry Greene Sterling|April 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for duked
/ (djuːk) /
a nobleman of high rank: in the British Isles standing above the other grades of the nobility
the prince or ruler of a small principality or duchy
Other words from dukeRelated adjective: ducal
Word Origin for duke
C12: from Old French duc, from Latin dux leader
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