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[jooks] /dʒuks/
the fictitious name of an actual family that was the focus of a 19th-century sociological study of the inheritance of feeble-mindedness and its correlation with social degeneracy.
Compare Kallikak.


[jook] /dʒuk/ Football.
verb (used with object), juked, juking.
to make a move intended to deceive (an opponent).
a fake or feint, usually intended to deceive a defensive player.
Origin of juke1
spelling variant of jouk


[jook] /dʒuk/
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Historical Examples
  • The skipper and Mr. Jukes want to see you in the captains cabin, he said.

  • Jukes, straddling his long legs like a pair of compasses, put on an air of superiority.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • At the sound of Jukes' voice he stood still, facing forward, but made no reply.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • A dull conviction seized upon Jukes that there was nothing to be done.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • It was Jukes Dade, the man her father had peremptorily discharged.

  • Sometimes Jukes would break in, admonishing hastily: "Look out, sir!"

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • Jukes on coming out of the alleyway found himself up to the neck in the noisy water.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • In the dark, Jukes, unsteady on his legs, listened to a faint thunderous patter.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • Then Jukes was directed in the same subdued voice to keep the forward 'tween-deck clear of cargo.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • He and Jukes looked at each other, and the same thought came into their heads.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
Word Origin and History for Jukes



"roadhouse," 1935; see jukebox.


"to duck, dodge, feint," by 1971, variant of jook (q.v.). Related: Juked; juking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Jukes

juke 1


  1. juke house
  2. juke joint
  3. jukebox
  4. Liquor; booze: That is some juke, man. That is some bad beverage (1990s+ Black street talk)


  1. To tour roadside bars, drinking and dancing: I want you to go juking with me
  2. To have a good time; disport oneself, esp at a party (1970s+ College students)
  3. To dance (1970s+ College students)
  4. To do the sex act; boff, screw: ''Did you juke?'' ''No, we just met'' (1980s+ College students)
  5. To kill; off, scrag: A man said the lady who got juked was Alice Carmody (1980s+)
  6. To absent oneself from school; play hooky (1970s+ Canadian teenagers)

Related Terms

jive and juke, juking and jiving

[1900s+; fr Gullah fr Wolof and/or Bambara, ''unsavory'']

juke 2


To swerve and reverse evasively; trick a defender or tackler; jink: Rather than to juke a defensive back, then duck inside/ Zaffuto juked past Peters on the right side

[Sports; fr Scots jouk, of uncertain origin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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