Definitions

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

  • n. A roadside or rural establishment offering liquor, dancing, and often gambling and prostitution. Also called juke house, juke joint.
  • intransitive v. To play dance music, especially in a juke.
  • intransitive v. To dance, especially in a juke or to the music of a jukebox.
  • transitive v. To deceive or outmaneuver (a defending opponent) by a feint; fake.
  • intransitive v. To deceive or outmaneuver a defender by a feint.
  • n. A feint or fake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A roadside cafe or bar, especially one with dancing and sometimes prostitution.
  • v. to play dance music, or to dance, in a juke
  • v. To deceive or outmaneuver (someone) using a feint, especially in American football or soccer
  • n. A feint

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The neck of a bird.
  • intransitive v. To bend the neck; to bow or duck the head.
  • intransitive v. To perch on anything, as birds do.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal variant of jouk.
  • See jouk.

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

  • n. (football) a deceptive move made by a football player
  • n. a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox

Etymologies

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

Probably from Gullah juke, joog, disorderly, wicked, of West African origin; akin to Wolof dzug, to live wickedly, and Bambara dzugu, wicked.
Middle English jowken, to bend in a supple way.

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From Gullah juke, joog ("wicked, disorderly") (compare Wolof and Bambara dzug ("unsavory")).

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From Middle English jowken ("bend")

Examples

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  • juke is also used as a verb, meaning to "stab".

    example: "Ask children where on the body it is safe to stab or 'juke' someone and the vast majority will say the leg or buttock" - The Daily Telegraph

    April 27, 2009

  • I use "juked!" all the time.

    December 10, 2006