Pronunciation Noun

eke (plural ekes)

  1. (obsolete, except, Britain, dialectal) An addition.
  2. (beekeeping, archaic) A small stand#Noun|stand on which a beehive is place#Verb|placed.

eke (ekes, present participle eking; past and past participle eked)

  1. (transitive) Chiefly in the form eke out: to add to, to augment; to increase#Verb|increase; to lengthen.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book I, canto V, stanza 42, page 72 ↗:
      Is not enough, that thruſt from heauen dew / Here endleſſe penaunce for one fault I pay, / But that redoubled crime with vengeaunce new / Thou biddeſt me to eeke?
    • 1848, John Stuart Mill, “Continuation of the Same Subject [Of Peasant Proprietors]”, in Principles of Political Economy: With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: John W[illiam] Parker, […], OCLC 948263597 ↗, book II (Distribution), § 4, page 338 ↗:
      A majority of the properties are so small as not to afford a subsistence to the proprietors, of whom, according to some computations, as many as three millions are obliged to eke out their means of support either by working for hire, or by taking additional land, generally on metayer tenure.
    • 1934, Robert Graves, chapter I, in I, Claudius: […], New York, N.Y.: The Modern Library, OCLC 441429562 ↗, page 3 ↗:
      [I]t is indeed Claudius himself who is writing this book, and no mere 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.