Duke meaning

do͝ok, dyo͝ok
The definition of a duke is a high hereditary title in England, or is a ruler of certain small independent states in Europe.

A man holding a high hereditary title in England is an example of a duke.

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A nobleman with the highest hereditary rank, especially a man of the highest grade of the peerage in Great Britain.
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A sovereign prince who rules an independent duchy in some European countries.
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Used as the title for such a nobleman.
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The fists.

Put up your dukes!

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A type of cherry intermediate between a sweet and a sour cherry.
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To fight, especially with fists.

Duking it out.

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A prince who rules an independent duchy.
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A nobleman of the highest hereditary rank below that of prince.
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Any of several varieties of cherry created by crossing a sweet cherry with a sour cherry.
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The fists or hands.
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To hit or fight with the fists.
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The male ruler of a duchy (compare duchess).
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A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
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A grand duke.
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(slang, usually in plural) A fist.

Put up your dukes!

This is thought to be derived from Cockney rhyming slang where Duke(s) of York = Fork. Fork is itself cockney slang for hand, and thus fist.

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To hit or beat with the fists.
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The title of a duke.
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A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
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A private university in North Carolina.
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duke it out
  • To fight, esp. with the fists.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of duke

  • Middle English from Old French duc from Latin dux duc- leader from dūcere to lead deuk- in Indo-European roots N., sense 4, short for Duke of Yorks rhyming slang for forks fingers
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French duc, from Latin dux.
    From Wiktionary