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puck

[puhk] /pʌk/
noun
1.
Ice Hockey. a black disk of vulcanized rubber that is to be hit into the goal.
2.
British Computers. mouse (def 4).
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; alteration of poke1

Puck

[puhk] /pʌk/
noun
1.
Also called Hobgoblin, Robin Goodfellow. a particularly mischievous sprite in English folklore who appears as a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
2.
(lowercase) a malicious or mischievous demon or spirit; a goblin.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English pouke, Old English pūca; cognate with Old Norse pūki a mischievous demon
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British Dictionary definitions for pucks

puck1

/pʌk/
noun
1.
a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
2.
a stroke at the ball in hurling
3.
(Irish, slang) a sharp blow
verb (transitive)
4.
to strike (the ball) in hurling
5.
(Irish, slang) to strike hard; punch
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

puck2

/pʌk/
noun
1.
(often capital) a mischievous or evil spirit Also called Robin Goodfellow
Derived Forms
puckish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English pūca, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for pucks

puck

n.

"ice hockey disk," 1891, possibly from puck (v.) "to hit, strike" (1861), which perhaps is related to poke (v.) via notion of "push." Another suggestion traces the noun to Irish poc "bag."

Puck

"mischievous fairy" (in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably from pouke "devil, evil spirit" (c.1300), from Old English puca, pucel "goblin," cognate with Old Norse puki "devil, fiend," of unknown origin (cf. pug). Celtic origins also have been proposed. Capitalized since 16c. His disguised name was Robin Goodfellow.

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Encyclopedia Article for pucks

puck

in medieval English folklore, a malicious fairy or demon. In Old and Middle English the word meant simply "demon." In Elizabethan lore he was a mischievous, brownielike fairy also called Robin Goodfellow, or Hobgoblin. As one of the leading characters in William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puck boasts of his pranks of changing shapes, misleading travelers at night, spoiling milk, frightening young girls, and tripping venerable old dames. The Irish pooka, or puca, and the Welsh pwcca are similar household spirits

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