Puck definition

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A hard rubber disk used in ice hockey.
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A mischievous sprite or elf.
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A mischievous sprite in English folklore.
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(ice hockey) A hard hard rubber disc; any other flat disc meant to be hit across a flat surface in a game.
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The hard rubber disk used in ice hockey.
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(chiefly Canada) An object shaped like a puck.
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(computing) A pointing device with a crosshair.
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A mischievous spirit.
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(mythology) A mischievous sprite in Celtic mythology and English folklore.
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(astronomy) One of the satellites of the planet Uranus.
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(proper) Robin Goodfellow: Puck appears as a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
puck
Plural:
pucks

Origin of puck

  • Middle English pouke goblin from Old English pūca Sense 2, after the sprite in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare

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

  • Perhaps from dialectal puck to strike

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

  • From puck (“mischievous spirit"), from Middle English puke, from Old English pÅ«ca (“goblin, demon"), from Proto-Germanic *pÅ«kô (“a goblin, spook"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (“brilliance, spectre"). Cognate with Old Norse pÅ«ki (dialectal Swedish puke, “devil"), Middle Low German spōk, spÅ«k (“apparition, ghost"), German Spuk (“a haunting"). More at spook.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English puke, from Old English pÅ«ca (“goblin, demon"), from Proto-Germanic *pÅ«kô (“a goblin, spook"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (“brilliance, spectre"). Cognate with Old Norse pÅ«ki (dialectal Swedish puke, “devil"), Middle Low German spōk, spÅ«k (“apparition, ghost"), German Spuk (“a haunting"). More at spook.

    From Wiktionary

  • Attested since 1886. From or influenced by Irish poc (“stroke in hurling, bag"). Compare poke (1861).

    From Wiktionary