Eking
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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  • Eking — Ek ing, n. [From {Eke}, v. t.] (Shipbuilding) (a) A lengthening or filling piece to make good a deficiency in length. (b) The carved work under the quarter piece at the aft part of the quarter gallery. [Written also {eiking}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eking — noun a) The act or process of adding. b) That which is added …   Wiktionary

  • eking — iːk v. enlarge (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • eking — …   Useful english dictionary

  • eking out a living — barely earning enough money to live on …   English contemporary dictionary

  • eiking — Eking Ek ing, n. [From {Eke}, v. t.] (Shipbuilding) (a) A lengthening or filling piece to make good a deficiency in length. (b) The carved work under the quarter piece at the aft part of the quarter gallery. [Written also {eiking}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • eke — [[t]i͟ːk[/t]] ekes, eking, eked PHRASE: V inflects If you eke a living or eke out an existence, you manage to survive with very little money. That forced peasant farmers to try to eke a living off steep hillsides ... He ekes out a living with a… …   English dictionary

  • eke — I. /ik / (say eek) verb (t) (eked, eking) 1. Archaic to increase; enlarge; lengthen. –phrase 2. eke out, a. to supply what is lacking to; supplement: *If you unpick Juliet s bridesmaid s dress … and eke it out with an extra yard or two of red… …   Australian English dictionary

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