- to make a joke; jest.
Origin of gleek1
First recorded in 1540–50; origin uncertain
- an English card game for three persons played with a 44-card pack, popular from the 16th through the 18th century.
Origin of gleek2
1525–35; < Middle French glic, perhaps < Middle Dutch gelīc like1
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Examples from the Web for gleek
In plain Gleek, his career was about to get hit with the force of a thousand grape slushies.Glee's New Villain
September 20, 2010
Gleek let it be, for I am persuaded I shall gleek some of you.
To gleek is used in Shakespeare for "to make sport, to jest," &c.
Terms at the game of gleek, which she is supposed to love immoderately.A Select Collection of Old English Plays
Impetuous youth, play not with him at billiards, basset, or gleek.Adventures among Books
By the cross of these hilts, I'll never play at gleek again, whilst I have a nose on my face: I smell the knavery of the game.
Word Origin and History for gleek
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper