- a traditional place where males assemble during the mating season and engage in competitive displays that attract females.
- (of a male) to assemble in a lek and engage in competitive displays.
Origin of lek1
1865–70; < Swedish: mating ground (perhaps elliptically from lekställe), mating, game, play, Old Norse leikr play, cognate with Old English lāc struggle, offering, gift, Gothic laiks dance, Old High German leih melody
- an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Albania, equal to 100 qintars.
Origin of lek2
Borrowed into English from Albanian around 1925–30
- a river in the central Netherlands, flowing W to the Meuse River; the N branch of the lower Rhine. 40 miles (64 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for lek
The Ritz hired Thai architect Lek Bunnag for the grounds and IA49 as the interior designer.Gal with a Suitcase
April 18, 2010
I am a traveller,” answered Lek, “and I must remain there until to-morrow.
She rose and walked towards the hill from which Lek had come.
The line of the Lek was abandoned and the province of Utrecht evacuated.The Political History of England - Vol. X.
For this speech Lek switched to Ilgret, the language of incipient-knowledge.
The great job of Lek and his kind was the gathering of purple.
- a small area in which birds of certain species, notably the black grouse, gather for sexual display and courtship
- the act or practice of so gathering
C19: perhaps from dialect lake (vb) from Old English lácan to frolic, fight, or perhaps from Swedish leka to play
- the standard monetary unit of Albania, divided into 100 qindarka
Word Origin and History for lek
to engage in courtship displays of certain animals, 1871, probably from Swedish leka "to play," cognate of English dialectal verb lake (see lark (v.)).
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