- Eke is defined as to get something with a lot of effort.
An example of eke is to dig in a crowded refrigerator to find something that will due for dinner.
eke definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English eac, akin to German auch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form au-, again, on the other hand from source Classical Latin aut, Classical Greek au, on the other hand
eke definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb eked eked, ek·ing, ekes
- To supplement with great effort. Used with out: eked out an income by working two jobs.
- To get with great effort or strain. Used with out: eke a bare existence from farming in an arid area.
- To make (a supply) last by practicing strict economy. Used with out.
Origin: Middle English eken, to increase, from Old English ēcan; see aug- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English ēac, ēc.
eke - Phrases/Idioms
- to add to so as to make sufficient; supplement to eke out an income with a second job
- to manage to make (a living) with difficulty
- to use (a supply) frugally