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verb (used without object) Archaic.
  1. to make a joke; jest.
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Origin of gleek1

First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain


  1. an English card game for three persons played with a 44-card pack, popular from the 16th through the 18th century.
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Origin of gleek2

1525–35; < Middle French glic, perhaps < Middle Dutch gelīc like1
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card game, 1530s, from French glic, ghelicque (15c.), perhaps from Middle Dutch ghelic (Dutch gelijk) "like," because one of the goals of the game is collecting cards of the same rank.

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