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juke Line breaks: juke
Pronunciation: /dʒuːk/
North American informal

Definition of juke in English:


(also juke joint) A roadhouse, nightclub, or bar, especially one providing food, drinks, and music for dancing.
Example sentences
  • Following his spurned overture, he was drinking at a juke joint with Sonny Boy Williamson.
  • Even if you ignore his sizable catalogue of electrified Mississippi blues, you still gotta give him credit for keeping music alive in his legendary juke joint.
  • Hearing the raw power of Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside working a juke joint changed all that.


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1Dance, especially to the music of a jukebox: a middle-aged couple shook and juked to the music
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  • 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.
2(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
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  • Surprisingly agile, Duckett is more than just a grinder - he jukes and uses improved footwork and balance to keep a defense on its toes.
  • Florida cornerback Lito Sheppard intercepted the ball at the Gators' 21 and juked his way 63 yards to the Georgia 26 to set up the tying touchdown just before halftime.
  • Jones has a tendency to try to juke and dance too much rather than keeping his pads low and shoulders square.
2.1Move in a zigzag fashion: I juked down an alley
More example sentences
  • He juked and jinked constantly firing and sending enemies to a fiery death.
  • Blaine juked and jinked, and somehow succeeded in not being blown apart.
  • I juked up to the gate and saw a guy with a baseball cap and a white jacket, with surgical gloves on his hands, holding a handgun by his side.


1930s: from Gullah juke 'disorderly'.

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