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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

eke

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
scrape out/scratch out/eke out a living (=to barely earn enough money to live)
▪ The farmers in these drought-stricken areas are barely able to scratch out a living.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
out
▪ But I restrained the impulse, for it is as well to eke out such tokens of our goodwill as we possess.
▪ I was tired of eking out an existence near poverty level on my meager assistantship.
▪ Most people still live in the hinterlands of the inhabited islands eking out a living, but poverty abounds.
▪ Few had any special skills; they worked as casual laborers, eking out a marginal existence, often reduced to begging.
▪ Finally came the bookshop where dear Mr Sneddles tried to eke out a living.
▪ She continued to eke out a living based on the fading memories of her famous plunge.
▪ I pictured her trying to eke out her money - for I was sure there was not much.
▪ Sip your drink, don't gulp it. Eke out the little pleasures.
■ NOUN
existence
▪ The river banks were frequently lined with curious onlookers who struggle to eke out an existence in this harsh environment.
▪ I was tired of eking out an existence near poverty level on my meager assistantship.
▪ Again, the choice was between following the work to the factory towns or eking out an existence by labouring.
▪ Few had any special skills; they worked as casual laborers, eking out a marginal existence, often reduced to begging.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Again, the choice was between following the work to the factory towns or eking out an existence by labouring.
▪ But I restrained the impulse, for it is as well to eke out such tokens of our goodwill as we possess.
▪ Few had any special skills; they worked as casual laborers, eking out a marginal existence, often reduced to begging.
▪ Finally came the bookshop where dear Mr Sneddles tried to eke out a living.
▪ I was tired of eking out an existence near poverty level on my meager assistantship.
▪ Most of them eke out a living as subsistence farmers.
▪ Most people still live in the hinterlands of the inhabited islands eking out a living, but poverty abounds.
▪ She continued to eke out a living based on the fading memories of her famous plunge.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eke

Eke \Eke\ ([=e]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eked; p. pr. & vb. n. Eking.] [AS. [=e]kan, [=y]kan; akin to OFries, [=a]ka, OS. ?kian, OHG. ouhh[=o]n to add, Icel. auka to increase, Sw. ["o]ka, Dan. ["o]ge, Goth. aukan, L. augere, Skr. ?jas strength, ugra mighty, and probably to English wax, v. i. Cf. Augment, Nickname.] To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other. ``To eke my pain.''
--Spenser.

He eked out by his wits an income of barely fifty pounds.
--Macaulay.

Eke

Eke \Eke\, n. An addition. [R.]

Clumsy ekes that may well be spared.
--Geddes.

Eke

Eke \Eke\, adv. [AS. e['a]c; akin to OFries. ['a]k, OS. ?k, D. ?ok, OHG. ouh, G. auch, Icel. auk, Sw. och and, Dan. og, Goth. auk for, but. Prob. from the preceding verb.] In addition; also; likewise. [Obs. or Archaic]

'T will be prodigious hard to prove That this is eke the throne of love.
--Prior.

A trainband captain eke was he Of famous London town.
--Cowper.

Note: Eke serves less to unite than to render prominent a subjoined more important sentence or notion.
--M["a]tzner.

Wikipedia

Eke

Eke or EKE may refer to:

  • Eke (name)
  • Eke (dance), a Tongan group dance
  • Encrypted key exchange, a family of password-authenticated key agreement methods
  • Eke, Gotland, a settlement on the Swedish island of Gotland
  • Eke, a town part of the municipality of Nazareth, Belgium
  • Eke, a town in Enugu State, Nigeria

Eke is a big family from edo state Nigeria

  • Eek (disambiguation)
  • Eke Silversword

Eke (name)

Eke may refer to the following people

Given name
  • Eke Uzoma (born 1989), Nigerian footballer
Surname
  • Alex Eke (1912–2004), British Olympic basketball player
  • Chacha Eke, Nigerian actress
  • Etugen Eke, a Mongolian and Turkic earth goddess
  • Frank Eke (1931–2013), Nigerian medical doctor and politician
  • John Eke (1886–1964), Swedish athlete
  • Michael Eke (born 1968), English former policeman
  • Nadia Eke (born 1993), Ghanaian triple jumper
  • Prince Eke, Nigerian actor
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

eke

c.1200, eken "to increase, lengthen," north England and East Midlands variant of echen from Old English ecan, eacan, eacian "to increase," probably from eaca "an increase," from Proto-Germanic *aukan (cognates: Old Norse auka, Danish öge, Old Frisian aka, Old Saxon okian, Old High German ouhhon, Gothic aukan), from PIE *aug- (1) "to increase" (see augment). Now mainly in phrase to eke out (1590s), wherein it means "to make a supply of something go further or last longer." Related: Eked; eking.\n

eke

"also" (obsolete), from Old English eac, cognate with Old Saxon, Old Dutch ok, Old Norse and Gothic auk, Old Frisian ak, Old High German ouh, German auch "also;" probably related to eke (v.).

Wiktionary

eke

Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) An addition. vb. (context obsolete except in eke out English) To increase; to add to, augment, lengthen. Etymology 2

n. (context beekeeping archaic English) 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. Etymology 3

adv. (context obsolete English) also.

WordNet

Usage examples of "eke".

In youth he made of Ceyx and Alcyon, And since then he hath spoke of every one These noble wives, and these lovers eke.

Claudius himself who is writing this book, and no secretary of his, and not one of those official annalists, either, to whom public men are in the habit of communicating their recollections, in the hope that elegant writing will eke out meagreness of subject-matter and flattery soften vices.

Ali Baba pursued his woodcutting, day in and day out, collecting vast and back-breaking quantities of wood in the wild forest beyond the city, receiving calluses upon his palms and splinters in his fingers, facing constant threats from wild bandits and wilder beasts, so that he might eke out the most meager of existences.

I be a younger son, younger grandson, and eke younger great-grandson and precious little noble blude flows in me.

Marry, I cannot remember the names of them all, but there was certes the pavonian touch, the Ledan straddle too, the chthonian ditch, the I think it was termed Ceutan flight and eke the Madrilenan interuberal.

The rest of their living was made either out of a conacre potato patch, for which they were charged a tremendous rent, or eked out by the excursion of one member of the family to England for the reaping season.

Thus it is that I am forced to eke out my best years in the company of dribblers and bed-bespatterers.

As any lady, emperess or queen, That is betwixt the East and eke the West Do with my life and death right as you lest.

Ere he had done this operation, And knew full many a seal and many a bond This mirror eke, that I have in mine hond, Hath such a might, that men may in it see When there shall fall any adversity Unto your realm, or to yourself also, And openly who is your friend or foe.

Grees, Sligh, and Emala pushing through the eked performance hall, approaching likely-looking Twilight bidders on the pretext of offering them inside information on the auction merchandise.

Christian blode, lorde Materna cam that autumn to Danczk for to wreak al manner of fiercenesse, and eke to hank Claus Bartusch by the neck, at which tyme he set vp his passyng styffe peter for a gallows, whereat wondyrment was of alle the robboures and marchants.

Y-wis, I am a vaunter, at the least, And eke a liar, for I break my hest.

And when thou hast done thus as I have said, And hast our vitaille fair in them y-laid, And eke an axe to smite the cord in two When that the water comes, that we may go, And break an hole on high upon the gable Into the garden-ward, over the stable, That we may freely passe forth our way, When that the greate shower is gone away.

And eke it is not likely all thy life To standen in her grace, no more than I For well thou wost thyselfe verily, That thou and I be damned to prison Perpetual, us gaineth no ranson.

And eke men brought him out of his country From year to year full privily his rent.