Eked
Eke Eke ([=e]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eking}.] [AS. [=e]kan, [=y]kan; akin to OFries, [=a]ka, OS. ?kian, OHG. ouhh[=o]n to add, Icel. auka to increase, Sw. ["o]ka, Dan. ["o]ge, Goth. aukan, L. augere, Skr. ?jas strength, ugra mighty, and probably to English wax, v. i. Cf. {Augment}, {Nickname}.] To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other. ``To eke my pain.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

He eked out by his wits an income of barely fifty pounds. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Eke — ([=e]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eking}.] [AS. [=e]kan, [=y]kan; akin to OFries, [=a]ka, OS. ?kian, OHG. ouhh[=o]n to add, Icel. auka to increase, Sw. [ o]ka, Dan. [ o]ge, Goth. aukan, L. augere, Skr. ?jas strength, ugra… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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