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Tuesday, August 17

Eke

[eek]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Old English, time period unknown

1.

Make an amount or supply of something last longer by using or consuming it frugally.

2.

Manage to support oneself or make a living with difficulty.

Examples of Eke in a sentence

"The farm only eked out a bushel of produce after the major freeze."

"The committee managed to eke out a barebones draft by the deadline."

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About Eke

This word comes from the Old English “ēacian” or “ēcan” (in the sense “increase”). It is of Germanic origin and related to Old Norse “auka.”

Did you Know?

In addition to its verb usage, “eke” was an archaic adverb that meant “also.” Example: "Say thy name and eke thy occupation."

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