luke

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See also: Luke, lûke, and lǚkè

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from lukewarm.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

luke (not comparable)

  1. (rare) lukewarm
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
      Let me have nine penn'orth o' brandy and water luke, and the inkstand, will you, miss?
    • 1881, Ælfric, trans. Walter W. Skeat, Aelfric’s Lives of Saints, page 249:
      Then one of them turned coward on account of the exceeding chill,
      cast away his faith, and desired to bathe himself
      in the luke water, and turned from his companions;
      but he died as soon as he touched the water,
      and the warmness was turned into death to him […]
    • 1946, Arthur Kober, That Man is Here Again: The Adventures of a Hollywood Agent, Random House:
      Next thing, I have a confrince with Barry and I tells him, 'Frankly, kid, it don't look any too hot over there at Regal. In fack, very luke.'
    • 1983, C. Darrel Sheraw, Lou Horton, and Bill Durbin, The Call Duck Breed Book, page 106:
      Secondly, fresh, preferably luke to warm water must be provided in waterers every day to avoid dehydration, weakening and ‘going light’. […] Warm to luke water is given in waterers as an alternative because all fowl drink more water if it is not excessively cold, […]
    • 2016, Ankur and Vandana Mehrotra, You Can Do It: Find Answers to All Your Questions on How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur Now:
      Same time, if you put the other hand in cold water and then in luke water, you will feel luke warm water is hot.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to the verb lukke

Noun[edit]

luke f, m (definite singular luka or luken, indefinite plural luker, definite plural lukene)

  1. a small door (including on an Advent calendar)
  2. a hatch
  3. a window (e.g. ticket window)
  4. a gap, space, slot, opening

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Related to the verb lukke

Noun[edit]

luke f (definite singular luka, indefinite plural luker, definite plural lukene)

  1. a small door (including on an Advent calendar)
  2. a hatch
  3. a window (e.g. ticket window)
  4. a gap, space, slot, opening

Derived terms[edit]

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Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

luke (plural lukes)

  1. A look.
  2. An examination, inspection.

Verb[edit]

luke (third-person singular present lukes, present participle lukin, past lukit, past participle lukit)

  1. To look.
  2. To examine, inspect.