See also: Steck and Stéck

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From Middle English stic, from Middle Dutch stucke, sticke, from Old Dutch *stukki, *stikki, from Proto-West Germanic *stukkī, from Proto-Germanic *stukkiją (piece).

Cognate with Danish stykke (piece), Dutch stuk (piece), Faroese stykki (piece), German Stück (piece), Icelandic stykki (piece), Norwegian stykke (piece), Swedish stycke (piece). Doublet of shtick and shtuka. See also stock.

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steck (plural stecks)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England, obsolete) A piece or an item.
    A steck o' bread.
    • 1537, Accounts of the Treasurer of Scotland:
      Two stecks of double Demy-ostage to hang about the choir.
    • 1540, Criminal Trials:
      Delivered to the Queen's graces tailor one steck of purpure velvet;
    • 1546, Acts of the Lords of Council in Public Affairs:
      Four stecks of Romany wine;
    • 1693, Extracts from the Records[1]:
      The petitioner, to his great charge and expenses, had set up one loom for working at Damase, a thing never before attempted nor practiced in this country and by his own ingenuity and industry without any foreign breeding, being a born native of the kingdom.. he had wrought several pieces or stecks of it, which he had shown to several of the Counsel.

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  1. singular imperative of stecken
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of stecken