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  • enPR: pŭk, IPA(key): /pʌk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌk

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English puke, from Old English pūca (goblin, demon), from Proto-Germanic *pūkô (a goblin, spook), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (brilliance, spectre). Cognate with Old Norse púki (devil) (dialectal Swedish puke), Middle Low German spōk, spūk (apparition, ghost), German Spuk (a haunting). More at spook.


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (now rare) A mischievous or hostile spirit. [from 10th c.]
    • 2017, Ronald Hutton, The Witch, Yale University Press 2018, p. 232:
      William Tyndale allotted this character a role, of leading nocturnal travellers astray as the puck had been said to do since Anglo-Saxon times and the goblin since the later medieval period.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From or influenced by Irish poc (stroke in hurling, bag). Compare poke (1861).


puck (third-person singular simple present pucks, present participle pucking, simple past and past participle pucked)

  1. (chiefly Ireland) To hit, strike. [from 19th c.]


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (ice hockey) A hard rubber disc; any other flat disc meant to be hit across a flat surface in a game. [from 19th c.]
    • 1886, Boston Daily Globe (28 February), p 2:
      In hockey a flat piece of rubber, say four inches long by three wide and about an inch thick, called a ‘puck’, is used.
  2. (chiefly Canada) An object shaped like a puck. [from 20th c.]
    • 2004, Art Directors Annual, v 83, Rotovision, p 142:
      He reaches into the urinal and picks up the puck. He then walk over to the sink and replaces a bar of soap with the urinal puck.
  3. (computing) A pointing device with a crosshair. [from 20th c.]
  4. (hurling, camogie) A penalty shot.
Derived terms[edit]
  • Danish: puck
  • German: Puck
  • Swedish: puck
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Etymology 3[edit]

From the Irish poc (male adult goat, billy goat).


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (Ireland, rural) billy goat

Etymology 4[edit]

Blend of pike +‎ tuck


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (trampoline, gymnastics) A body position between the pike and tuck positions, with knees slightly bent and folded in; open tuck.
    • 2013, The Sports Book: The Sports, the Rules, the Tactics, the Techniques[1]:
      The puck position is allowed during competitions when performing multi-twisting multiple somersaults.



From English puck.


puck c

  1. puck


Declension of puck 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative puck pucken puckar puckarna
Genitive pucks puckens puckars puckarnas

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