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deke

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verb \ˈdēk\

Definition of deke

deked

dekeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fake (an opponent) out of position (as in ice hockey)

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to deke an opponent

deke

noun


Examples of deke in a sentence

  1. <deked the lone defenseman with a deft move of his stick and went in for the breakaway>



Did You Know?

Deke originated as a shortened form of "decoy." Ernest Hemingway used "deke" as a noun referring to hunting decoys in his 1950 novel Across the River and into the Trees ("I offered to put the dekes out with him"). About a decade later, "deke" began appearing in ice-hockey contexts in Canadian print sources as both a verb and a noun ("the act of faking an opponent out of position"). Today, "deke" has scored in many other sports, including baseball, basketball, and football. It has also checked its way into more general usage to refer to deceptive or evasive moves or actions. However, this general application of "deke" has never made it past the defenders. It occurs too rarely in English to merit its own sense in the dictionary.

Origin and Etymology of deke

short for 2decoy


First Known Use: 1961


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