Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete form of eke.
  • A Middle English form of each.
  • noun A Middle English form of ache.
  • Everlasting; eternal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Each.

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  • adjective obsolete Eternal; everlasting.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To increase or enlarge.

Etymologies

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From Middle English eche, ece, from Old English ēċe, ǣċe ("perpetual, eternal, everlasting"), from Proto-Germanic *aiwikjaz, *aiwōkijaz (“eternal”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu- (“lifetime”). Cognate with Dutch eeuwig ("eternal"), German ewig ("eternal"), Swedish evig ("perpetual, eternal").

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From Middle English echen ("to increase, augment"). More at eke.

Examples

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  • to eke out: Merchant of Venice - "Let Fortune go to hell for it, not I. I speak too long, but 'tis to peize the time, To eche it, and to draw it out in length,..."

    March 28, 2009