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1North American informal no object, with adverbial of direction (in sport) make a sham move to mislead an opponent.‘Howard juked left, sending three defenders leaning as he went toward the center of the field’with object ‘he juked a Jaguars defender and ran seven yards for his third touchdown of the game’duck, dodge, get out of the way of, body-swerveView synonyms
2Scottish Northern English no object, with adverbial of direction Turn or bend quickly, typically to avoid someone or something.‘I jouked around the corner’
Early 16th century (originally Scottish): perhaps related to the verb duck.
verb[no object]North American
Dance, especially to the music of a jukebox.‘a middle-aged couple shook and juked to the music’
- ‘DJ Gino G spun the musical magic, keeping guests juking and jiving until the wee morning hours with the sounds of the Bee Gees, Blondie and Gloria Gaynor.’
- short for juke joint
1930s: from Gullah juke ‘disorderly’.
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