[ nook, nyook ]
/ nuk, nyuk /


a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon.
a nuclear power plant or nuclear reactor.
nuclear energy: to convert from coal to nuke.


of or relating to a nuclear or thermonuclear weapon or to a nuclear plant.

verb (used with object), nuked, nuk·ing.

to attack, defeat, or destroy with or as if with nuclear weapons.
Slang. to cook or bake in a microwave oven.

Origin of nuke

First recorded in 1945–50; by shortening and respelling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nuke

/ (njuːk) slang /

verb (tr)

to attack or destroy with nuclear weapons


a nuclear bomb
a military strike with nuclear weapons
nuclear power
mainly US a nuclear power plant
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