Burke meaning

bûrk
To murder by suffocation, or so as to produce few marks of violence, for the purpose of obtaining a body to be sold for dissection.
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(UK, slang) Variant spelling of berk.
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(person) 1729-97; Brit. statesman, orator, & writer, born in Ireland.
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To smother; to conceal, hush up, suppress.
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One of various places in the United States.
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To suppress or extinguish quietly; stifle.

Burked the investigation by failing to reappoint the commission.

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To avoid; disregard.
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To execute (someone) by suffocation so as to leave the body intact and suitable for dissection.
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(obs.) To murder by suffocating so as to leave the body unmarked and fit to be sold for dissection.
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To get rid of quietly; evade or suppress, as a parliamentary bill, discussion, etc.
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A topographical surname​ for someone who lived in a fortified place.
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Origin of burke

  • After William Burke (1792–1829), Irish-born grave robber and murderer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman pronunciation of burgh.

    From Wiktionary

  • Eponym, from William Burke.

    From Wiktionary