from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To supplement with great effort. Used with out: eked out an income by working two jobs.
- transitive v. To get with great effort or strain. Used with out: eke a bare existence from farming in an arid area.
- transitive v. To make (a supply) last by practicing strict economy. Used with out.
- adv. Archaic Also.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To increase; to add to, augment, lengthen.
- n. An addition.
- n. A very small addition to the bottom of a beehive, often merely of a few bands of straw, on which the hive is raised temporarily.
- adv. Also.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition.
- adv. In addition; also; likewise.
- n. An addition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To increase; enlarge; lengthen; protract; prolong.
- To add to; supply what is lacking to; increase, extend, or make barely sufficient by addition: usually followed by out: as, to eke out a piece of cloth; to eke out a performance.
- n. Something added to something else.
- n. Same as eking, 2.
- Also; likewise; in addition.
- n. An added structure.
- n. In agriculture, an oblong stack.
Middle English eken, to increase, from Old English ēcan; see aug- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English, from Old English ēac, ēc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English eken ("to increase"), from Old English īecan ("to increase"), from West Germanic aukjana, from Proto-Germanic *aukanan (“increase”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewg- (“to increase”). Akin to Danish øge, Icelandic auka, Swedish öka and Latin augeō, Old English ēac ("also"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English eke, eake ("an addition"), from Old English ēaca ("an addition"). Akin to Old Norse auki ("an addition"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English eek ("also"), from Old English ēac, ēc ("also"), from Proto-Germanic *auk. Akin to West Frisian ek, Dutch ook ("also"), German auch ("also"), Swedish ock ("also"). (Wiktionary)