From Dutch gek or Low German geck, from an imitative verb found in North Sea Germanic and Scandinavian/North Germanic meaning "to croak, cackle," and also "to mock, cheat" (Dutch gekken, German gecken, Danish gjække, Swedish gäcka).
- scorn; derision; contempt
- (archaic, derogatory, poetic) Fool; idiot; imbecile
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iv]:
- To become the geck and scorn / O' the other's villainy.
- (transitive, intransitive) To jeer; to show contempt for.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- To cheat or trick.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for geck in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)