eke

adverb
\ ˈēk How to pronounce eke (audio) \

Definition of eke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic

eke

verb
eked; eking

Definition of eke (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : increase, lengthen
2 : to get with great difficulty usually used with outeke out a living

Examples of eke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb UMass men eke past George Mason Freshman Preston Santos had a season-high 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting and made a gave-saving block in the final seconds to lead the UMass men (10-14, 4-7) past George Mason (13-10, 2-8) at the Mullins Center, 69-67. BostonGlobe.com, "Emma Guy leads Boston College women over Clemson," 9 Feb. 2020 The Nationals rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth inning of the National League Wild Card game to eke by the Milwaukee Brewers. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's World Series Has All the Makings of a Classic. Here's What to Know," 22 Oct. 2019 An out of tune vehicle might cause the driver to overestimate the car’s ability to get through an intersection or eke past a semi-truck on a two-lane highway. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "The Sound of Silence: Why Automakers Are Changing the Noise That Electric Vehicles (Don’t) Make," 8 Dec. 2019 Problem is, restaurants can't just eke along until then. Author: Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending.," 22 July 2019 Problem is, restaurants can't just eke along until then. Author: Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending.," 22 July 2019 Problem is, restaurants can't just eke along until then. Author: Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending.," 22 July 2019 Problem is, restaurants can't just eke along until then. Author: Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending.," 22 July 2019 Problem is, restaurants can't just eke along until then. Author: Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "We’ve just lived through the greatest period of restaurant growth in U.S. history. Here’s why it’s ending.," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of eke

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eke

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English ēac; akin to Old High German ouh also, Latin aut or, Greek au again

Verb

Middle English, from Old English īecan, ēcan; akin to Old High German ouhhōn to add, Latin augēre to increase, Greek auxein

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“Eke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eke. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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