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Ice Hockey. a black disk of vulcanized rubber that is to be hit into the goal.
Computers, British. mouse (def. 4).



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Origin of puck

First recorded in 1890–95; alteration of poke1

Definition for puck (2 of 2)

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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

before 1000; Middle English pouke,Old English pūca; cognate with Old Norse pūki a mischievous demon
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British Dictionary definitions for puck (1 of 2)

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a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
a stroke at the ball in hurling
Irish slang a sharp blow

verb (tr)

to strike (the ball) in hurling
Irish slang to strike hard; punch

Word Origin for puck

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for puck (2 of 2)

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(often capital) a mischievous or evil spiritAlso called: Robin Goodfellow

Derived forms of puck

puckish, adjective

Word Origin for puck

Old English pūca, of obscure origin
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