eke

1
[ eek ]
/ ik /

verb (used with object), eked, ek·ing.

to increase; enlarge; lengthen.

Verb Phrases

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 eke

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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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British Dictionary definitions for eking (1 of 2)

eke1
/ (iːk) /

verb

(tr) archaic to increase, enlarge, or lengthen

Word Origin for eke

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

British Dictionary definitions for eking (2 of 2)

eke2
/ (iːk) /

sentence connector

archaic also; moreover

Word Origin for eke

Old English eac; related to Old Norse, Gothic auk also, Old High German ouh, Latin autem but, aut or
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