[ streek ]
/ strik /
British Dialect

verb (used with object)

to stretch (one's limbs), as on awakening or by exercise.
to extend (one's hand or arm), as in reaching for or offering an object.
to stretch out or prepare (a corpse) for burial.

verb (used without object)

to fall or lie prostrate.
to move quickly, especially to advance.

Origin of streek

1200–50; Middle English (north) streken, variant of strecchen to stretch


streek·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for streek

  • How lang hae ye hung on the tree wi' a red cheek an' a ripe lip, and never man to streek out the hand to pu' ye?

  • I'll show them what it is to streek dead Whigs like honest men, and row them dainty in seventeen hunder linen on my land!

  • Did I tell you of a female relative, Niven (whom he would never see), saying that she would come and streek him after he died?

    Spare Hours|John Brown
  • But I'll soon be on his track again, for they'll have to streek me on the same stretching-board that serves him.

    The White Blackbird|Hudson Douglas