Drake definition

drāk
(obs.) A dragon.
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A male duck.
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A male duck.
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A mayfly used as fishing bait.
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(historical) A small piece of artillery.
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A surname​, notably of Francis Drake (1540-1596).
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A male given name, transferred from the surname.
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A mayfly used as fishing bait.
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A small cannon of the 17th and 18th cent.
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(person) 1540?-96; Eng. admiral & buccaneer: 1st Englishman to sail around the world.
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Daker, darke, E.D. Ark., raked.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
drake
Plural:
drakes

Origin of drake

  • Middle English dragon from Old English draca from West Germanic drako from Latin dracō dragon

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

  • Middle English

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

  • From Middle English drake (“male duck, drake”), from Old English *draca, abbreviated form for Old English *andraca (“male duck, drake”, literally “duck-king”), from Proto-Germanic *anudrekô (“duck leader”), from Proto-Germanic *anudz ("duck, ennet"; see ennet) + Proto-Germanic *rekô (“ruler, king”), from Proto-Indo-European *reǵ- (“chief, king”). Cognate with Middle Dutch andrake (“drake”), Middle Low German āntreke, āntdrāke, ("male duck, drake"; > Low German drake (“drake”)), Old High German anutrehho, antrache ("male duck, drake"; > German Enterich (“drake”)), Swabian Antrech (“drake”), German dialectal Drache (“drake”). More at ennet.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English drake (“dragon; Satan”), Old English draca (“dragon, sea monster, huge serpent”), from Proto-Germanic *drakô (“dragon”), from Latin dracō (“dragon”), from Ancient Greek δράκων (drakon, “serpent, giant seafish”), from δρακεῖν (drakein), aorist active infinitive of δέρκομαι (derkomai, “I see clearly”), from Proto-Indo-European *derk-. Compare Middle Dutch drake and German Drache.

    From Wiktionary

  • Originally a nickname from Old English Draca (“snake,dragon”) or Middle English drake (“male duck”).

    From Wiktionary