juked; juking

transitive verb

: to fake out of position (as in football)

intransitive verb

: to juke someone

Examples of juke in a Sentence

He juked a couple of defenders and scored. She juked and weaved around the defense.
Recent Examples on the Web In what might have been the Jets' lone highlight on offense, Wilson displayed some spin moves and juking ability for a 35-yard gain. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 There was Malik Cunningham, juking his way to the end zone after taking over at quarterback in the fourth quarter, the end of a nifty 14-play, 75-yard drive that showed off Cunningham’s running and passing skills. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2023 Sophomore Jaydon Blue had the run of the day, slithering between a pair of tackles, spinning off another then juking away from one last defender on an electric 31-yard touchdown run that put the White team up 14-3.Blue finished with 52 yards and that score on 10 carries. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Apr. 2023 The 2020-21 rookie of the year left the game in the third quarter after juking out Pistons guard Killian Hayes and stepping awkwardly on his ankle. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 28 Feb. 2023 Families were able to juke and jive to high-quality bands from all over the region in the grass, then head a couple of blocks to await the boom boom over the barricades. al, 29 Jan. 2023 The song had been released to juke boxes before the radio stations. Jim Clash, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Early in the third quarter Monday — a few minutes before his disappearance into the tunnel — Doncic tried to juke Oklahoma City’s Darius Bazley while driving to the basket to loft a right-handed layup. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2022 Messi stepped to the ball, stopped to juke out France keeper Hugo Lloris, and placed it in the right side of his net, his fourth penalty goal in the World Cup in five attempts. Sean Gregory, Time, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of English dialect jouk to cheat, deceive

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of juke was in 1967

Dictionary Entries Near juke

Cite this Entry

“Juke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juke. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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