One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]West Indian
Pierce, poke, or stab.‘a hoe to jook the ground in the yard’‘he jook the knife in the sheep and kill it dead one time’
- ‘Then I jooked it into his foot and it started bleeding and I saved the day, and tha's my story!’
- ‘Why don't these two cats just rent out a boxing ring, invite the press, hire a ref, get regulation gloves and quit jooking’ each other, as they say north of 125th street in Manhattan.’
- ‘But, as Hurston found, the jooks were certainly not ‘safe.’’
- ‘They were interlopers on another level; they didn't just want a quick jook, they wanted land and bodies, and they cut down the forest and penetrated the land to have their way.’
- ‘I hope that if any more jooking takes place for the season you will be the donor and not the recipient!’
Late 19th century: of uncertain origin: perhaps from a West African language, or related to juke.
- variant form of juke
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