Definitions

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  • noun A cuckoo.

Etymologies

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From Middle English ȝek, ȝeac, from Old English ġēac ("cuckoo, gawk"), from Proto-Germanic *gaukaz (“cuckoo”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰAuǵ-, *gʰegʰAuǵ- (“cuckoo”). Cognate with Scots gowk ("cuckoo"), German Gauch ("cuckoo"), Danish gøg ("cuckoo"), Swedish gök ("cuckoo"). See also gawk, gowk.

Examples

  • But it's his 1988 European Billboard number one hit, "Yeke yeke," which still gets Kante recognized everywhere he goes today.

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2002

  • "Yeke yeke up high, yeke yeke down low, yeke yeke all the time."

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2002

  • The rest are generally known only by specialists: cadder and related kae; fulmar and related maw, akin to E mew; gare-fowl and possibly related gyrfalcon; gowk which superseded OE géac ` cuckoo '> obsolete (obs) E yeke; the related loom and loon, the related scarf and scart; scua, steg, and tern.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3

  • "Yeke yeke gives a feeling," Kante says, "a sensation, such (UNINTELLIGIBLE) that one can give to others.

    CNN Transcript Nov 23, 2002

  • (www. yeke, org), a charity founded a few years ago by musician Wyclef Jean to fund community service programs and emergency relief in Haiti.

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