Main definitions of juke in English

: juke1juke2

juke1

Pronunciation /jo͞ok/ /dʒuk/

verb

no object, with adverbial of direction
  • 1North American informal (in sports) 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 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 definitions of juke in English

: juke1juke2

juke2

(also jook)

Pronunciation /jo͞ok/ /dʒuk/

intransitive verb

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

    • ‘a middle-aged couple shook and juked to the music’

noun

informal North American

Origin

1930s from Gullah juke ‘disorderly’.