Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mischievous sprite in English folklore.
  • n. The satellite of Uranus that is tenth in distance from the planet.

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  • proper n. a mischievous sprite in Celtic mythology and English folklore.
  • proper n. One of the satellites of the planet Uranus

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English pouke, goblin, from Old English pūca.

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From puck ("mischievous spirit"), from Middle English puke, from Old English pūca ("goblin, demon"), from Proto-Germanic *pūkô (“a goblin, spook”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (“brilliance, spectre”). Cognate with Old Norse pūki (dialectal Swedish puke, "devil"), Middle Low German spōk, spūk ("apparition, ghost"), German Spuk ("a haunting"). More at spook.

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  • Not a sprite, not a moon of Uranus, but a genus of deep-sea anglerfish.

    July 20, 2010