Main definitions of juke in English

: juke1juke2

juke1

verb

  • 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-swerve
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  • 2Scottish Northern English no object, with adverbial of direction Turn or bend quickly, typically to avoid someone or something.

    ‘I jouked around the corner’

Origin

Early 16th century (originally Scottish): perhaps related to the verb duck.

Pronunciation

juke

/dʒuːk/

Main definitions of juke in English

: juke1juke2

juke2

(West Indian jook)

verb

[no object]North American
informal
  • 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.’

noun

North American
informal

Origin

1930s: from Gullah juke ‘disorderly’.

Pronunciation

juke

/dʒuːk/