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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.
(lowercase) a malicious or mischievous demon or spirit; a goblin.

before 1000; Middle English pouke, Old English pūca; cognate with Old Norse pūki a mischievous demon

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puck1 (pʌk)
1.  a small disc of hard rubber used in ice hockey
2.  a stroke at the ball in hurling
3.  slang (Irish) a sharp blow
4.  to strike (the ball) in hurling
5.  slang (Irish) to strike hard; punch
[C19: of unknown origin]

puck2 (pʌk)
(often capital) Also called: Robin Goodfellow a mischievous or evil spirit
[Old English pūca, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

"hockey disk," 1891, possibly from puck (v.) "to hit, strike" (1861), which perhaps is related to poke via notion of "push." Another suggestion traces the noun to Ir. poc "bag." Puckster headlinese for "ice hockey player" is attested from 1939.

"mischievous fairy" (in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), probably from pouke "devil, evil spirit" (c.1300), from O.E. puca, cognate with O.N. puki "devil," of unknown origin (cf. pug). Capitalized since 16c. His disguised name was Robin Goodfellow.
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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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The only problem: it had decomposed into the equivalent of a solid hockey puck.
The yearlings are trying to self-identify by a sense of belonging to a puck.
Hockey players give up their bodies to stop the puck.
So, let's skate to where the puck will be and invest in electric vehicles.
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