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eke1

[eek]
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verb (used with object), eked, ek·ing.
  1. to increase; enlarge; lengthen.
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Verb Phrases
  1. eke out,
    1. to make (a living) or support (existence) laboriously: They managed to eke out a living by farming a small piece of land.
    2. to supplement; add to; stretch: to eke out an income with odd jobs.
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Origin of eke1

before 1000; Middle English eken, Old English ēac(i)an (intransitive), derivative of ēaca (noun) increase; Middle English echen, Old English ēcan, variant of īecan (transitive) < West Germanic *aukjan; both akin to Old Norse auka, Gothic aukan, Latin augēre, Greek auxánein to increase, amplify
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eke1

verb
  1. (tr) archaic to increase, enlarge, or lengthen
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Word Origin

Old English eacan; related to Old Norse auka to increase, Latin augēre to increase

eke2

sentence connector
  1. archaic also; moreover
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Word Origin

Old English eac; related to Old Norse, Gothic auk also, Old High German ouh, Latin autem but, aut or
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Word Origin and History for eked

eke

adv.

"also" (obsolete), from Old English eac, cognate with Old Saxon, Old Dutch ok, Old Norse and Gothic auk, Old Frisian ak, Old High German ouh, German auch "also;" probably related to eke (v.).

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eke

v.

c.1200, eken "to increase, lengthen," north England and E. Midlands variant of echen from Old English ecan, eacan, eacian "to increase," probably from eaca "an increase," from Proto-Germanic *aukan (cf. Old Norse auka, Old Frisian aka, Old High German ouhhon, Gothic aukan), from PIE *aug- "to increase" (see augment).

Now mainly in phrase to eke out (1590s). It means "to make something go further or last longer;" you can eke out your income by taking a second job, but you can't eke out your existence. Related: Eked; eking.

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