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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 of puck
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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  • The nurseries overflow with messy pets—nor does puck ever remember to feed his guinea-pig.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • puck has none of Pickles' faults, and a good many of her virtues.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • Milly and Bertie were rather sorrowful at the thought of losing their playmates, but puck brought good news from the Crag.

    Esther's Charge Evelyn Everett-Green
  • puck seemed not to realize how serious she was, and how deeply stirred.

  • Schonberg went to the ice and his stick flew out of his hand while Roy flew on with the puck slipping along in front of him.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for puck

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 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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