eke out


eked out; eking out; ekes out

transitive verb

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

Examples of eke out in a Sentence

eked out a living from the family's small farm
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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of eke out was in 1596

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“Eke out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eke%20out. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

eke out

: supplement entry 2
eked out their small income by working for neighbors
: to make (a supply) last by careful use
: to get with great difficulty
eked out a living from the poor soil of the family's farm

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