\ ˈjük How to pronounce juke (audio) \
juked; juking

Definition of juke

transitive verb

: to fake out of position (as in football)

intransitive verb

: to juke someone

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He juked a couple of defenders and scored. She juked and weaved around the defense.
Recent Examples on the Web Between Chavis' brilliant runs, coming out of a traffic jam to juke his way for big yards, there was the Maricopa debut of quarterback Cip Childers, a transfer from Winslow. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "High school football season opens in Arizona with Maricopa holding on in frantic final quarter," 2 Oct. 2020 Punt returners will zig, zag and juke to create a crease. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears Q&A: What changes in the offense can we expect with Nick Foles at QB? What’s the fallout from losing Tarik Cohen? Where has first-round pick Cole Kmet been?," 30 Sep. 2020 Like a wrecking ball — one that can juke and sprint — Sullivan carried much of the offensive load Saturday in Kirtland’s 35-10 win at Shaker Heights with 149 yards and two TDs on 16 carries. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Dual-threat QBs, pick-6 defenders shine among Week 2 HS football top performers," 6 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, this number is easy to juke and often offers an incomplete picture. Alex Engler, Wired, "Artificial Intelligence Won't Save Us From Coronavirus," 26 Apr. 2020 On Chelsea's ensuing attack, Pedro did well to juke his way through the Liverpool defense, only to curl his 20-yard chance inches wide of the right post. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Liverpool Outlasts Chelsea in Penalty Kicks to Win UEFA Super Cup," 14 Aug. 2019 Of course, Jeudy’s pristine route running and ability to separate from defenders — and then juke the ones who are able to get close — are among the reasons he hasn’t been contested much. Los Angeles Times, "Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy appears to be top catch of NFL draft," 10 Apr. 2020 How, on second-and-7, did All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman let receiver Sammy Watkins juke the 31-year-old, beating him on the inside release? Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Shell-shocked 49ers left wounded by Super Bowl collapse against Chiefs," 3 Feb. 2020 Well, Jeudy had to juke two guys when Waddle missed his block late in the first quarter. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few extra observations, tidbits from Alabama’s win over Ole Miss," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of juke

1967, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for juke

probably alteration of English dialect jouk to cheat, deceive

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“Juke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juke. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of juke

US, sports, informal : to make a false movement in order to deceive (an opponent)

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