Definition of juke in English:



North American
  • A roadhouse, nightclub, or bar, especially one providing food, drinks, and music for dancing.

    • ‘The 80-years-old T-Model and Spam, his drummer, are well known for their ability to keep southern juke joints rockin’ into the wee hours.’
    • ‘With the blues band we played the juke joints of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas.’
    • ‘This is a full-length biography of the electrifying bluesman and rock 'n' roller who began his music career playing juke joints throughout the Mississippi Delta after working as a sharecropper.’
    • ‘Junior also owned a juke joint, and every Sunday night - well, you get the idea.’
    • ‘Maryl's faux-mermaid philosophy is ‘keep that smile on your face, even when you're drowning’ - but using wood from a burnt-down juke joint to build a coffin wins best metaphor in an inspired script written in blood and sea salt.’
    • ‘He got into music early, and by the age of 13 was playing at the segregated black juke joints across the highway.’
    • ‘Even if you ignore his sizable catalogue of electrified Mississippi blues, you still gotta give him credit for keeping music alive in his legendary juke joint.’
    • ‘In the '90s he was discovered playing at a local juke joint and was soon recording with Jon Spencer.’
    • ‘Hearing the raw power of Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside working a juke joint changed all that.’
    • ‘And in Ode to Joy, they've finally made an album that's dangerous enough to ignite moonshine jars in a juke joint but also big enough to hit the last rows in the cathedral balcony.’
    • ‘He began playing the guitar at seven and by the age of 12 he was hanging out at black juke joints on the outskirts of town, jamming and absorbing the blues, R & B and soul.’
    • ‘Ruben Luna sees Ernie as his ticket to pay dirt, a way of getting beyond the dive bars and juke joints and into professional arenas in and around that so called plump paradise.’
    • ‘But the Stones, having borrowed their early repertoire, started off as if they were addressing the women who populated the cotton fields and juke joints of the Delta.’
    • ‘Following his spurned overture, he was drinking at a juke joint with Sonny Boy Williamson.’
    • ‘Bars and juke joints have given way to day-care centers and fast-food joints.’
    • ‘Of course I've never been there you understand, but the drinking establishment set the stage for one of Papa's war stories and in 1943 Luigi's was a one-tune juke joint.’
    • ‘Swing originated in the juke joints and rent parties of Kansas City, Chicago and Harlem.’
    • ‘The juke joint that he builds attracts no customers.’
    • ‘There are chain gangs and juke joints and no interest in career.’
    • ‘One long-time Ensley resident said, ‘There was nothing but juke joints and bars all up and down the street.’’


[NO OBJECT]North American
  • 1Dance, 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.’
  • 2(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’
    • ‘Jones has a tendency to try to juke and dance too much rather than keeping his pads low and shoulders square.’
    • ‘Ike and Mack juked and jived with furious abandon, simply running over the Cubans who held their ground, several times losing the ball in the resulting melee.’
    • ‘Florida cornerback Lito Sheppard intercepted the ball at the Gators' 21 and juked his way 63 yards to the Georgia 26 to set up the tying touchdown just before halftime.’
    • ‘Surprisingly agile, Duckett is more than just a grinder - he jukes and uses improved footwork and balance to keep a defense on its toes.’
    • ‘The way backs cut, wide outs juke and quarterbacks drop back in the pocket to pass is right on the money.’
    1. 2.1 Move in a zigzag fashion.
      ‘I juked down an alley’
      • ‘He began juking and jinking, avoiding the deadly barrage directed at him.’
      • ‘The enemy juked to avoid fire as they played a game of chicken, its tall profile an otherwise easy target.’
      • ‘I juked up to the gate and saw a guy with a baseball cap and a white jacket, with surgical gloves on his hands, holding a handgun by his side.’
      • ‘Expect to be moving, riding, juking and jiving in one form or another for at least three hours-sometimes even six.’
      • ‘Blaine juked and jinked, and somehow succeeded in not being blown apart.’
      • ‘The car juked slightly to the left before cutting nearly horizontally across all four lanes, behind the truck, and onto the shoulder.’
      • ‘He juked and jinked constantly firing and sending enemies to a fiery death.’
      • ‘The Interceptor juked back and forth, but couldn't lose Antes.’


1930s: from Gullah juke ‘disorderly’.