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Etymology 1Edit

Origin unknown. Compare duck (to lower the head or body) or jink (to make an evasive turn). Attested since the 16th century.



jook (third-person singular simple present jooks, present participle jooking, simple past and past participle jooked)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) To dodge; to move quickly to avoid something or to hide; to dart away.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, p. 53:
      So ye were on the ground and ye just ran round and jooked through the men going up the stairs, some walking, some running, and if ye got into there nobody could get ye.


jook (plural jooks)

  1. A quick movement to evade something.
    • 1882 April 20, “A Row in a Coalpit”, in Whitehaven News[1]:
      Defendant then ran forward to kick him (witness) and he gave a "jook." Defendant was very unruly, and used bad language.
  2. A bow or curtsey.

Etymology 2Edit

From Cantonese (zuk1) and Korean (juk)


jook (uncountable)

  1. Congee.
    • 2009 February 18, Mark Bittman, “Your Morning Pizza”, in New York Times[2]:
      Or it could be that I’ve traveled enough to learn the joys of jook, the Chinese rice porridge also known as congee, which is among my favorite ways to start the day even when seasoned with nothing more than scallions, soy and chopped peanuts []


For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:jook.

Etymology 3Edit

From Gullah juke, jook, joog (wicked, disorderly)


jook (plural jooks)

  1. Alternative form of juke (roadside cafe or bar, esp. with dancing)
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Etymology 4Edit

Unknown. Possibly related to Etymology 1, above.


jook (plural jooks)

  1. (informal, Scotland) A shirtfront; the front of a jumper or t-shirt (sometimes spelled juke).




From jooma +‎ -k.


jook (genitive joogi, partitive jooki)

  1. drink


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