Eke

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Eke \Eke\ ([=e]k), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Eked} ([=e]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eking}.] [AS. [=e]kan, [=y]kan; akin to OFries. [=a]ka, OS. [=o]kian, OHG. ouhh[=o]n to add, Icel. auka to increase, Sw. ["o]ka, Dan. ["o]ge, Goth. aukan, L. augere, Skr. [=o]jas strength, ugra mighty, and probably to English wax, verb (used without an object) Cf. {Augment}, {Nickname}.] To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other. "To eke my pain." --Spenser.

He eked out by his wits an income of barely fifty pounds. --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Eke \Eke\, adverb [AS. e['a]c; akin to OFries. ['a]k, OS. ?k, D. ?ok, OHG. ouh, G. auch, Icel. auk, Sw. och and, Dan. og, Goth. auk for, but. Prob. from the preceding verb.] In addition; also; likewise. [Obs. or Archaic]

'T will be prodigious hard to prove That this is eke the throne of love. --Prior.

A trainband captain eke was he Of famous London town. --Cowper.

Note: Eke serves less to unite than to render prominent a subjoined more important sentence or notion. --M[aum]tzner.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Eke \Eke\, noun An addition. [R.]

Clumsy ekes that may well be spared. --Geddes.


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