eke out

eked out; eking out; ekes out

Definition of eke out

transitive verb

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

eked out a living from the family's small farm

First Known Use of eke out

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of eke out was in 1596

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“Eke out.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eke%20out. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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eke out

\ ˈēk-ˈau̇t \
eked out; eking out

Kids Definition of eke 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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to insert between existing elements

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