- 1 English
- 2 Low German
From Middle French, from Old French glic (“a game of cards”), of Germanic origin, from or related to Middle High German glücke, gelücke (“luck”); or from or related to Middle Dutch gelīc (“like, alike”). More at luck, like.
- (uncountable) A once-popular game of cards played by three people.
- 1640, Ben Jonson, The Magnetick Lady, or, Hvmors Reconcil'd, Act 2, scene 4:
- Lady Loadstone: Laugh, and keep company, at gleek or crimp. / Mistress Polish: Your ladyship says right, crimp sure will cure her.
- (countable) Three of the same cards held in one hand; three of a kind.
Related to Etymology 1. Of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse *gleikr, leikr (“sport, play, game”), from Proto-Germanic *galaikaz (“jump, play”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lAig'- (“to jump, spring, play”). Cognate with Old English ġelācan (“to play a trick on, delude”), Scots glaik (“a glance of the eye, deception, trick”, n.), Scots glaik (“to trick, trifle with”, v.). More at lake.
gleek (plural gleeks)
- A jest or scoff; trick or deception.
- An enticing glance or look.
- (informal) A stream of saliva from a person's mouth.
- (obsolete, transitive) To ridicule, or mock; to make sport of.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To jest.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To pass time frivolously.
- (informal) To discharge a long, thin stream of liquid (including saliva) through the teeth or from under the tongue, sometimes by pressing the tongue against the salivary glands.
- 1999 October 18, Gem, “what can you wiggle?”, in alt.music.soulcoughing, Usenet:
- i just push the tip of my tongue against the roof of my mouth and saliva squirts out in a groovy little arc. i think you'd really have to see it to know what i am talking about. but you can gleek best right after chewing big red gum.
- 1999 November 15, THAT antix GUY, “the weird personal info”, in alt.rave, Usenet:
- My buddy can gleek (thats what he called it too) but he used highly pressured spit forced out between two teeth with his tounge to do it.
- 2002 July 21, Sean Wilkinson, “Can you gleek?”, in rec.sport.pro-wrestling, Usenet:
- I used to be able to gleek "by accident" every now and then, but I couldn't figure out how to do it deliberately.
- The man said he “gleeked” on the woman, but did not intentionally spit on her.
gleek (plural gleeks)
- gleek at OneLook Dictionary Search
- gleek in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Spitting#Gleeking on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- First-person singular past of