- Ice Hockey. a black disk of vulcanized rubber that is to be hit into the goal.
- British Computers. mouse(def 4).
Origin of puck
- Also called Hobgoblin, Robin Goodfellow. a particularly mischievous sprite in English folklore who appears as a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- (lowercase) a malicious or mischievous demon or spirit; a goblin.
Origin of Puck
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Contemporary Examples of puck
Glackens was a prolific cartoonist in Philadelphia and his comics are one of the most surprising elements in the Puck book.
On some issues, Puck was so mired in its own times that the commentary is redundant.
Usually, though, old-fashioned Liberalism is very much at the fore in Puck.
Puck artists, like their predecessors, combined picture-making skills with a caricatural precision and a knack for lethal symbols.
For three decades, ‘Puck’ waged war on all things holy—politicians, social mores, and the news.
Historical Examples of puck
The talk now turned on Puck, who was to be the president of the meeting.
Thinking that this was intended to be a polite question, Puck looked up.
Now it was Puck who led the fairies as the great peacemaker.
Puck would laugh if you should say that a telephone was any new thing to him.
Her twin in mischief is Puck, and she, too, is fond of paying visits to the bungalow.Lotus Buds
- a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
- a stroke at the ball in hurling
- Irish slang a sharp blow
- to strike (the ball) in hurling
- Irish slang to strike hard; punch
Word Origin for puck
- (often capital) a mischievous or evil spiritAlso called: Robin Goodfellow
Word Origin for puck
Word Origin and History for puck
"ice hockey disk," 1891, possibly from puck (v.) "to hit, strike" (1861), which perhaps is related to poke (v.) via notion of "push." Another suggestion traces the noun to Irish poc "bag."
"mischievous fairy" (in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably from pouke "devil, evil spirit" (c.1300), from Old English puca, pucel "goblin," cognate with Old Norse puki "devil, fiend," of unknown origin (cf. pug). Celtic origins also have been proposed. Capitalized since 16c. His disguised name was Robin Goodfellow.