From puck (“mischievous spirit”), from Middle English puke, from Old English pūca (“goblin, demon”), from Proto-Germanic *pūkô (“a goblin, spook”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (“brilliance, spectre”). Cognate with Old Norse pūki (dialectal Swedish puke, “devil”), Middle Low German spōk, spūk (“apparition, ghost”), German Spuk (“a haunting”). More at spook.
- (mythology) a mischievous sprite in Celtic mythology and English folklore.
- (astronomy) One of the satellites of the planet Uranus
Borrowing from English.
- Rhymes: -ʊk