- cloke (obsolete)
From Middle English cloke, from Old Northern French cloque (“travelling cloak”), from Medieval Latin clocca (“travelers' cape, literally “a bell”, so called from the garment’s bell-like shape”), of Celtic origin, from Proto-Celtic *klokkos-, ultimately imitative.
Doublet of clock.
cloak (plural cloaks)
- A long outer garment worn over the shoulders covering the back; a cape, often with a hood.
- A blanket-like covering, often metaphorical.
- Night hid her movements with its cloak of darkness.
- (figuratively) That which conceals; a disguise or pretext.
- 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
- No man is esteemed any ways considerable for policy who wears religion otherwise than as a cloak.
- (Internet) A text replacement for an IRC user's hostname or IP address, making the user less identifiable.
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- (transitive) To cover as with a cloak.
- (transitive, figuratively) To hide or conceal.
- (science fiction, transitive, intransitive) To render or become invisible via futuristic technology.
- The ship cloaked before entering the enemy sector of space.