eke out

verb

Definition of eke out

1 : to make up for the deficiencies of : supplement
  • eked out his income by getting a second job
2 : to make (a supply) last by economy

Examples of eke out in a Sentence

  1. eked out a living from the family's small farm

First Known Use of eke out

1596


EKE OUT Defined for Kids

eke out

verb \ ˈēk-ˈau̇t \

Definition of eke out for Students

eked out; eking out
1 : to get with great effort
  • They eked out a living from the farm.
2 : to add to bit by bit
  • She eked out her income with odd jobs.


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