There are 2 main definitions of puck in English:

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puck1

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Pronunciation: /pʌk
 
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noun

1A black disc made of hard rubber, used in ice hockey.
Example sentences
  • The players carry around hunks of lumber called sticks, which they used to hit a slab of hard rubber called a puck.
  • Indeed, the only thing harder than getting a puck past Brodeur is getting him to take a night off.
  • He steals pucks constantly in the neutral zone, leading to breakaway goals and oddman rushes.
2 Computing An input device resembling a mouse, dragged across a mat which senses its position to move the cursor on the screen.
Example sentences
  • The lasers talk to the computer, which moves a blocking device to intercept the puck.
  • Similar to NBA Live's Freestyle mode is the Dynamic Deke system which allows you to manipulate the puck manually using the directional pad.
  • Without the puck, you have body check control with the right thumbstick.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with puck

buck, Canuck, chuck, cluck, cruck, duck, fuck, luck, muck, pluck, ruck, schmuck, shuck, struck, stuck, suck, truck, tuck, upchuck, yuck

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There are 2 main definitions of puck in English:

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Puck2

Line breaks: Puck
Pronunciation: /pʌk
 
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noun

1 another name for Robin Goodfellow.
1.1 (puck) A mischievous or evil sprite.
Example sentences
  • But in the night and in the moon, it takes a spirit, ghost or puck, to walk its field.
  • One of the most popular characters in English folklore of the last thousand years has been the faerie, goblin, devil or imp known by the name of Puck or Robin Goodfellow.
  • As a shape-shifter, Puck has had many appearances over the years.

Origin

Old English pūca; it is unclear whether the word is of Celtic or Germanic origin.

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