Main meanings of juke in English

: juke1juke2

juke1

Pronunciation /dʒuːk/

verb

  • 1North American informal no object, with adverbial of direction (in sport) make a sham move to mislead an opponent.

    • ‘Howard juked left, sending three defenders leaning as he went toward the center of the field’
    • ‘he juked a Jaguars defender and ran seven yards for his third touchdown of the game’
    duck, dodge, get out of the way of, body-swerve
  • 2

    (also jouk)
    Scottish, Northern English no object, with adverbial of direction Turn or bend quickly, typically to avoid someone or something.

    • ‘I jouked around the corner’

Origin

Early 16th century (originally Scottish): perhaps related to the verb duck.

Main meanings of juke in English

: juke1juke2

juke2

(also jook)

Pronunciation /dʒuːk/

verb

[no object]informal North American
  • Dance, especially to the music of a jukebox.

    • ‘a middle-aged couple shook and juked to the music’
    • ‘DJ Gino G spun the musical magic, keeping guests juking and jiving until the wee morning hours with the sounds of the Bee Gees, Blondie and Gloria Gaynor.’

noun

informal North American

Origin

1930s from Gullah juke ‘disorderly’.