4 definitions found

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

Duke \Duke\ (d[=u]k) verb (used without an object) To play the duke. [Poetic]

Lord Angelo dukes it well in his absence. -- Shak.

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

duke \duke\ (d[=u]k) verb (used with an object) To beat with the fists. [slang] [PJC]

{to duke it out} to fight; -- usually implying, to fight with the fists; to settle a dispute by fighting with the fists. See duke, noun sense 4. [PJC]

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

Duke \Duke\ (d[=u]k), noun [F. duc, fr. L. dux, ducis, leader, commander, fr. ducere to lead; akin to AS. te['o]n to draw; cf. AS. heretoga (here army) an army leader, general, G. herzog duke. See {Tue}, and cf. {Doge}, {Duchess}, {Ducat}, {Duct}, {Adduce}, {Deduct}.]

1. A leader; a chief; a prince. [Obs.]

Hannibal, duke of Carthage. --Sir T. Elyot.

All were dukes once, who were "duces" -- captains or leaders of their people. --Trench.

2. In England, one of the highest order of nobility after princes and princesses of the royal blood and the four archbishops of England and Ireland.

3. In some European countries, a sovereign prince, without the title of king.

4. pl. The fists; as, put up your dukes. [slang] [PJC]

{Duke's coronet}. See Illust. of {Coronet}.

{To dine with Duke Humphrey}, to go without dinner. See under {Dine}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a British peer of the highest rank

2: a nobleman (in various countries) of high rank

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