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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown. Compare duck "to lower the head or body" or jink "to make an evasive turn". Attested since the sixteenth century.



jook ‎(third-person singular simple present jooks, present participle jooking, simple past and past participle jooked)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) To dodge; to move quickly to avoid something or to hide; to dart away.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 53:
      So ye were on the ground and ye just ran round and jooked through the men going up the stairs, some walking, some running, and if ye got into there nobody could get ye.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Cantonese (zuk1)


jook ‎(uncountable)

  1. Congee.
    • 2009 February 18, Mark Bittman, “Your Morning Pizza”, in New York Times[1]:
      Or it could be that I’ve traveled enough to learn the joys of jook, the Chinese rice porridge also known as congee, which is among my favorite ways to start the day even when seasoned with nothing more than scallions, soy and chopped peanuts []


For usage examples of this term, see Citations:jook.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Gullah juke, jook, joog ‎(wicked, disorderly)


jook ‎(plural jooks)

  1. Alternative form of juke ‎(roadside cafe or bar, esp. with dancing)
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jook ‎(plural jooks)

  1. (informal, Scotland) shirtfront; the front of a jumper or t-shirt



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jook ‎(genitive joogi, partitive jooki)

  1. drink


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