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  • (UK, US) enPR: glēk, IPA(key): /ɡliːk/
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  • Rhymes: -iːk

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French glic, 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.


gleek (countable and uncountable, plural gleeks)

  1. (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.
  2. (countable) Three of the same cards held in one hand; three of a kind.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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)

  1. A jest or scoff; trick or deception.
  2. An enticing glance or look.
  3. (informal) A stream of saliva from a person's mouth.


gleek (third-person singular simple present gleeks, present participle gleeking, simple past and past participle gleeked)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To ridicule, or mock; to make sport of.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To jest.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To pass time frivolously.
  4. (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, 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, 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.

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Etymology 3[edit]

Blend of glee +‎ geek


gleek (plural gleeks)

  1. (slang) A geek who is involved in a glee club, choir, or singing.

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  1. first-person singular past of glieken