(third-person singular simple present ekes, present participle eking, simple past and past participle eked)
- 2012 July 11, Ben Perry, “Branson's spaceship steals the spotlight at airshow”, Yahoo News, accessed on 2012-07-12:
- British tycoon Richard Branson stole the show here Wednesday, announcing that he and his family would be on Virgin Galactic's first trip into space, as Airbus and Boeing eked out more plane orders.
- (obsolete) An addition.
From Middle English eken (“to increase”), from Old English īecan (“to increase”), from West Germanic aukjana, from Proto-Germanic *aukaną (“increase”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewg- (“to increase”). Akin to Danish øge, Icelandic auka, Swedish öka and Latin augeō, Old English ēac (“also”).
- (beekeeping, archaic) A very small addition to the bottom of a beehive, often merely of a few bands of straw, on which the hive is raised temporarily.
From Middle English eke, eake (“an addition”), from Old English ēaca (“an addition”). Akin to Old Norse auki (“an addition”).
- 1782, The Diverting History of John Gilpin, by William Cowper
- 'John Gilpin was a citizen / of credit and renown / A train-band captain eke was he / of famous London town.'
From Middle English eek (“also”), from Old English ēac, ēc (“also”), from Proto-Germanic *auk. Akin to West Frisian ek, Dutch ook (“also”), German auch (“also”), Swedish ock (“also”).