gleek

1
[gleek]

Origin of gleek

1
First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain

gleek

2
[gleek]
noun
  1. an English card game for three persons played with a 44-card pack, popular from the 16th through the 18th century.

Origin of gleek

2
1525–35; < Middle French glic, perhaps < Middle Dutch gelīc like1
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Contemporary Examples of gleek

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Historical Examples of gleek


Word Origin and History for gleek
n.

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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