See also: Geck

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡɛk/
  • Rhymes: -ɛk
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NounEdit

geck (countable and uncountable, plural gecks)

  1. scorn; derision; contempt
  2. (archaic, derogatory, poetic) Fool; idiot; imbecile

VerbEdit

geck (third-person singular simple present gecks, present participle gecking, simple past and past participle gecked)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To jeer; to show contempt for.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  2. To cheat or trick.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)

ReferencesEdit

  • 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)