gleek

1
[ gleek ]
/ glik /

verb (used without object) Archaic.

to make a joke; jest.

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Origin of gleek

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First recorded in 1540–50; of uncertain origin

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Definition for gleek (2 of 2)

gleek2
[ gleek ]
/ glik /

noun

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

Origin of gleek

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First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French glic, perhaps from Middle Dutch gelīc “similar to, like”; see like1
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