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Gleek (verb)

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To Gleek. v.a. [ʒliʒman, in Saxon, is a mimick or a droll.]

  1. To sneer; to gibe; to droll upon.

    I can gleek upon occasion. Shakesp. Mids. Night's Dream.

    I have seen you gleeking or galling at this gentleman twice or thrice. Shakespeare's Henry V.

  2. In Scotland it is still retained, and signifies to fool or spend time idly, with something of mimickry or drollery.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream (28)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Gleek (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 14, 2011. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8182.


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