\ 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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Synonyms for juke


deke, fake, fake out

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Examples of juke in a Sentence

He juked a couple of defenders and scored. She juked and weaved around the defense.

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During individual drills at the start of practice, the running backs were told to run through two teammates smacking them with large pads and then juke around two overturned trashcans. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Can Alex Smith Turn Around Washington’s Misfortunes? Players, Coaches and Fans Are Hopeful," 14 June 2018 In 7s, quarterbacks hold the ball for four seconds and run around to find open receivers, who in turn juke defenders with a bunch of moves. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Have Arizona high school football 7-on-7s gotten out of control?," 15 June 2018 Campbell would prefer Montgomery didn’t have to juke so many defenders. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How Matt Campbell and Iowa State Move Forward Without the Element of Surprise," 14 May 2018 Ghetto-house architect DJ Deeon, footwork pioneer DJ PJ, and juke master DJ Slugo join Clent, along with scene veterans DJ Stew, DJ Monty, and DJ Lemo. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Psych-pop group Roommate play their first Chicago show in more than two years," 9 May 2018 The league offers plenty of examples of ball-carriers from outside the Power 5 who found a way to juke the doubts and whispers. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego State's Rashaad Penny is the potential steal of NFL Draft," 20 Apr. 2018 Smith-Schuster had tried to juke his corner to the outside before cutting upfield. Jacob Klinger, cleveland.com, "JuJu Smith-Schuster's game breaking TD, as seen by Steelers all over Ford Field," 30 Oct. 2017 Fournette took an off-balance step while trying to juke a defender in the fourth quarter. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Leonard Fournette dodges ACL injury," 15 Oct. 2017 On a pivotal fourth-and-11 with just over five minutes to go, Wolfpack safety Tim Kidd-Glass shot through the middle of the line untouched on a blitz, forcing Blackman to juke right and overcook his downfield throw. Eric Single, SI.com, "NC State's D-Line Gives FSU QB James Blackman a Rude Awakening in His Debut," 23 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of juke

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

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