Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hard rubber disk used in ice hockey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hard hard rubber disc; any other flat disc meant to be hit across a flat surface in a game.
  • n. An object shaped like a puck.
  • n. A pointing device with a crosshair.
  • n. A mischievous spirit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A celebrated fairy, “the merry wanderer of the night;” -- called also Robin Goodfellow, Friar Rush, Pug, etc.
  • n. The goatsucker.
  • n. A disk of vulcanized rubber used in the game of hockey, as the object to be driven through the goals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fairy; elf; sprite.
  • n. Specifically [capitalized] A fairy of high repute. who was also known by the names of Robin Goodfellow and Friar Rush.
  • n. The devil; Satan.
  • n. A disk of rubber used in place of a ball in hockey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mischievous sprite of English folklore
  • n. a vulcanized rubber disk 3 inches in diameter that is used instead of a ball in ice hockey

Etymologies

Perhaps from dialectal puck, to strike.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1886, from verb puck ("to hit or strike something"). Compare poke (1861), Irish poc ("stroke in hurling, bag") (Wiktionary)
From Middle English puke, from Old English pūca ("goblin, demon"), from Proto-Germanic *pūkô (“a goblin, spook”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pāug(')- (“brilliance, spectre”). Cognate with Old Norse pūki (dialectal Swedish puke, "devil"), Middle Low German spōk, spūk ("apparition, ghost"), German Spuk ("a haunting"). More at spook. (Wiktionary)

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