From Dutch gek or Low German geck, from an imitative verb found in North Sea Germanic and Scandinavian meaning "to croak, cackle," and also "to mock, cheat" (Dutch gekken, German gecken, Danish gjække, Swedish gäcka).
- scorn; derision; contempt
- (archaic, pejorative) Fool; idiot; imbecile
- To become the geck and scorn / O' the other's villainy.
1859, George Eliot, “IX Hetty's World”, in Adam Bede, HTML edition, published 2010:
- … for where’s the use of a woman having brains of her own if she’s tackled to a geck as everybody’s a-laughing at?
- (transitive, intransitive) To jeer; to show contempt for.
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- To cheat or trick.
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- Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for geck in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)