see also: Duke
  • (British) IPA: /djuːk/, /dʒuːk/
  • (America) IPA: /d(j)uːk/

duke (plural dukes)

  1. The male ruler of a duchy (female equivalent: duchess).
  2. The sovereign of a small state.
  3. A high title of nobility; the male holder of a dukedom.
    Hypernyms: title, holder
    Coordinate terms: baron#English|baron, count#English|count, countess#English|countess, earl#English|earl, marquis#English|marquis, marquess#English|marquess, viscount#English|viscount, prince#English|prince, monarch#English|monarch
  4. A grand duke.
  5. Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the Asian genera Bassarona and Dophla.
  6. (slang, usually, in the plural) A fist.
    Put up your dukes!
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duke (dukes, present participle duking; past and past participle duked)

  1. (transitive, informal) To hit or beat with the fists.
  2. (slang, transitive) To give cash to; to give a tip to.
    Synonyms: tip
    I duked him twenty dollars.

Proper noun
  1. The title of a duke.
  2. A male given name; mostly US and rather rare.
  3. A private university in North Carolina.
  4. Surname for service in the household of a duke, or from a nickname.
  5. (informal) The American actor John Wayne.
  6. (informal) Duke University.

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