Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JEUK, n. Also juke, jook, jouk; juick; ju(c)k. Sc. forms of Eng. duck (Fif. 1873 J. Wood Ceres Races 2, juck; Arg. 1936 L. MacInnes Dial. s. Kintyre 9, 25, ju(c)k). Dims. jeukie, jeuklin (Wgt. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables 88). For other Sc. forms see Deuk, n.1 [ne., em.Sc.(b), sm.Sc. dʒuk, em.Sc.(a), wm.Sc. dʒʌk] Fif. 1838  Wilson's Tales of the Borders IV. 260:
The hens, an' the jucks, an' the geese, an' the turkeys.
Edb. 1866  J. Smith Merry Bridal 13:
Jouks, bubblyjocks, an' grumphies roastit.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond B. Bowden (1922) xiii.:
Jook's eggs at auchteen pence the dizzen.
Dmf. 1903  J. L. Waugh Thornhill 138:
I can watch the wild jukes and stankies withoot them seein' me.
Abd. 1920  G. P. Dunbar Peat Reek 16:
The jooks he dabbl't ower heid an' a' 'Twas nearly bye believin'.
Bwk. 1947  W. L. Ferguson Makar's Medley 21:
Juicks frae the pownd returnin' hame, Come waddlin' up the brae.
Ayr. 1957  :
As dizzy as a juck.

Combs. and phr.: 1. jouky daidles, ducky-daddles, as a pet-name for a child; 2. Juck-neb taings, a blacksmith's side-tongs in which the claws are at right-angles to the handles and have a similarity to a duck's bill (Fif. 1959); 3. tae mak a jeuk's fit (o'), to make a botch or muddle (of anything). 1. Edb. 1866  J. Smith Merry Bridal 25:
Wee Joukydaidles, Paidlin' i' the shower.
3. Abd. 1957  People's Jnl. (12 Oct.):
Gin ye want tae mak' a wumman happy, my frien', mak' a jeuk's fit o' onything she asks ye tae dae aboot the hoose. They like tae watch ye for a meenit an' then shove ye out the road an' say, “Uch, for goodness sake, ye haunless sumph ye.”

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"Jeuk n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Dec 2018 <>



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