from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete spelling of duck, duck.
  • noun A deep dint or furrow.
  • noun A contusion.
  • noun A small brook.
  • noun A flaw in a boys' marble.


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  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • The gods of old when their wrath awoke

    Could carve out canyons with a stroke.

    Our modern hallows

    Can shape only shallows

    And by dint of hard delving dig a doke.

    March 1, 2014

  • When I google "Wordnik Word of the Day" on March 1, 2014 I am led to a link for "doke" which includes the definitions given on this page (minus the variant spelling of "duck") and a single usage example:

    When the dog turns round before lying down to rest, he is said, in the Isle of Wight, to be 'making his doke.'

    On this page that usage example is absent and every example offered is for the expression"okey doke," which I would guess is a matter of indifference to that dog on the Isle of Wight. I am puzzled by this.

    March 1, 2014