duke

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From Old French duc, from Latin dux.

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duke (plural dukes)

  1. The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).
  2. A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
  3. A grand duke.
  4. (slang, usually in plural) A fist.
    Put up your dukes!
    This is thought to be derived from Cockney rhyming slang where Duke(s) of York = Fork. Fork is itself cockney slang for hand, and thus fist.

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Verb[edit]

duke (third-person singular simple present dukes, present participle duking, simple past and past participle duked)

  1. (transitive) To hit or beat with the fists.
    • 2003, John A. Dinan, Private Eyes in the Comics, ISBN 159393002X, page 65:
      It seems that PI Rainer was duked by his wife [] .

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duke

  1. A particle which precedes a participle to form an gerundive adverbial phrase.
    duke kënduar — (while) singing, by singing

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tae duke (third-person singular simple present dukes, present participle dukin, simple past dukit, past participle dukit)

  1. to cut into a queue, without permission (intransitive); to cut into a queue in front of someone (transitive)
    "Oi, dinnae duke us!"