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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

puckpʌk(n.)

  1. a black disk of vulcanized rubber that is hit into the goal in a game of ice hockey.

    Category: Sport

Origin of puck:

1890–95; cf. dial. (Hiberno-E, Canadian Maritimes, Newfoundland) puck a sharp blow, to hit sharply, butt, Ir poc male deer or goat, butt (of a goat), stroke of the stick (in hurling)

Puckpʌk(n.)

  1. a mischievous sprite in English folklore who appears as a character in Shakespeare's

    A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Category: Mythology, Literature

Origin of Puck:

bef. 1000; ME pouke, OE pūca; c. ON pūki a mischievous demon

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Puck, Robin Goodfellow(noun)

    a mischievous sprite of English folklore

  2. puck, hockey puck(noun)

    a vulcanized rubber disk 3 inches in diameter that is used instead of a ball in ice hockey

Wiktionary

  1. Puck(ProperNoun)

    a mischievous sprite in Celtic mythology and English folklore.

  2. Puck(ProperNoun)

    One of the satellites of the planet Uranus

  3. Origin: From puke, from puca, from pūkô, from (s)pāug(')-. Cognate with púki, spok, spuk, Spuk. More at spook.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puck(noun)

    a celebrated fairy, "the merry wanderer of the night;" -- called also Robin Goodfellow, Friar Rush, Pug, etc

  2. Puck(noun)

    the goatsucker

Freebase

  1. Puck

    In English folklore, Puck is a mythological Fairy or mischievous nature sprite. Puck is also a generalised personification of land spirits. In more recent times, the figure of Robin Goodfellow is identified as a puck. The Old English puca is a kind of half-tamed woodland sprite, leading folk astray with echoes and lights in nighttime woodlands, or coming into the farmstead and souring milk in the churn. Since, if you "speak of the Devil" he will appear, Puck's euphemistic "disguised" name is "Robin Goodfellow" or "Hobgoblin", in which "Hob" may substitute for "Rob" or may simply refer to the "goblin of the hearth" or hob. The name Robin is Middle English in origin, deriving from Old French Robin, the pet form for the name Robert. The earliest reference to "Robin Goodfellow" cited by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1531. After Meyerbeer's successful opera Robert le Diable, neo-medievalists and occultists began to apply the name Robin Goodfellow to the Devil, with appropriately extravagant imagery.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Puck

    a tricky, mischievous fairy, identified with Robin Goodfellow, and sometimes confounded with a house spirit, propitiated by kind words and the liberty of the cream-bowl.

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