See juke in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Probably from Gullah juke, joog, disorderly, wicked
Origin: , of West African origin
Origin: ; akin to Wolof dzug, to live wickedly
Origin: , and Bambara dzugu, wicked. Regional Note: Gullah, the English-based Creole language spoken by people of African ancestry off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, retains a number of words from the West African languages brought over by slaves. One such word is juke, “bad, wicked, disorderly,” the probable source of the English word juke. Used originally in Florida and then chiefly in the Southeastern states, juke (also appearing in the compound juke joint) was an African-American word meaning a roadside drinking establishment that offers cheap drinks, food, and music for dancing and often doubles as a brothel. “To juke” is to dance, particularly at a juke joint or to the music of a jukebox whose name, no longer regional and having lost the connotation of sleaziness, contains the same word.
verb juked juked, juk·ing, jukes verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English jowken, to bend in a supple way.
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