See also: Puck



  • enPR: pŭk, IPA(key): /pʌk/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌk

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English puke, from Old English pūca (goblin, demon), from Proto-Germanic *pūkô (a goblin, spook), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (brilliance, spectre). Cognate with Old Norse púki (devil) (dialectal Swedish puke), Middle Low German spōk, spūk (apparition, ghost), German Spuk (a haunting). Doublet of pooka. More at spook.


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (now rare) A mischievous or hostile spirit. [from 10th c.]
    • 2017, Ronald Hutton, The Witch, Yale University Press 2018, p. 232:
      William Tyndale allotted this character a role, of leading nocturnal travellers astray as the puck had been said to do since Anglo-Saxon times and the goblin since the later medieval period.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From or influenced by Irish poc (stroke in hurling, bag). Compare poke (1861).


puck (third-person singular simple present pucks, present participle pucking, simple past and past participle pucked)

  1. (chiefly Ireland) To hit, strike. [from 19th c.]


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (ice hockey) A hard rubber disc; any other flat disc meant to be hit across a flat surface in a game. [from 19th c.]
    • 1886, Boston Daily Globe (28 February), p 2:
      In hockey a flat piece of rubber, say four inches long by three wide and about an inch thick, called a ‘puck’, is used.
  2. (chiefly Canada) An object shaped like a puck. [from 20th c.]
    • 2004, Art Directors Annual, v 83, Rotovision, p 142:
      He reaches into the urinal and picks up the puck. He then walk over to the sink and replaces a bar of soap with the urinal puck.
  3. (computing) A pointing device with a crosshair. [from 20th c.]
  4. (hurling, camogie) A penalty shot.
Derived termsEdit
  • Danish: puck
  • German: Puck
  • Swedish: puck
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Etymology 3Edit

From the Irish poc (male adult goat, billy goat). Doublet of buck.


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (Ireland, rural) billy goat

Etymology 4Edit

Blend of pike +‎ tuck


puck (plural pucks)

  1. (trampoline, gymnastics) A body position between the pike and tuck positions, with knees slightly bent and folded in; open tuck.
    • 2013, The Sports Book: The Sports, the Rules, the Tactics, the Techniques[1]:
      The puck position is allowed during competitions when performing multi-twisting multiple somersaults.



From English puck.


puck c

  1. puck


Declension of puck 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative puck pucken puckar puckarna
Genitive pucks puckens puckars puckarnas

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