duke

[ dook, dyook ]
/ duk, dyuk /

noun

(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.

Definition for dukes (2 of 2)

Duke
[ dook, dyook ]
/ duk, dyuk /

noun

Benjamin Newton,1855–1929, and his brother, James Buchanan, 1856–1925, U.S. industrialists.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for dukes (1 of 2)

dukes
/ (djuːks) /

pl n

slang the fists (esp in the phrase put your dukes up)

Word Origin for dukes

C19: from Duke of Yorks rhyming slang for forks (fingers)

British Dictionary definitions for dukes (2 of 2)

duke
/ (djuːk) /

noun

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 duke

Related adjective: ducal

Word Origin for duke

C12: from Old French duc, from Latin dux leader
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