Main definitions of puck in English

: puck1puck2

puck1

noun

  • 1A black disk made of hard rubber, the focus of play in ice hockey.

    • ‘Now we go down in the basement, and I shoot rubber pucks at him.’
    • ‘The ref dropped the puck and someone hit it right inside their blue line, right near the boards.’
    • ‘Indeed, the only thing harder than getting a puck past Brodeur is getting him to take a night off.’
    • ‘The players carry around hunks of lumber called sticks, which they used to hit a slab of hard rubber called a puck.’
    • ‘He steals pucks constantly in the neutral zone, leading to breakaway goals and oddman rushes.’
  • 2Computing
    An input device similar to a mouse that is dragged across a sensitive surface, which notes the puck's position to move the cursor on the screen.

    • ‘The lasers talk to the computer, which moves a blocking device to intercept the puck.’
    • ‘Without the puck, you have body check control with the right thumbstick.’
    • ‘Similar to NBA Live's Freestyle mode is the Dynamic Deke system which allows you to manipulate the puck manually using the directional pad.’

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

puck

/pək//pək/

Main definitions of puck in English

: puck1puck2

puck2

noun

Puck
  • 1

    another name for Robin Goodfellow
    1. 1.1 A mischievous or evil sprite.
      • ‘One of the most popular characters in English folklore of the last thousand years has been the faerie, goblin, devil or imp known by the name of Puck or Robin Goodfellow.’
      • ‘As a shape-shifter, Puck has had many appearances over the years.’
      • ‘But in the night and in the moon, it takes a spirit, ghost or puck, to walk its field.’
      sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie
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Origin

Old English pūca; it is unclear whether the word is of Celtic or Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

puck

/pək//pək/