Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

eke - definition and synonyms

Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb eke pronunciation in British English /iːk/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyeke
he/she/itekes
present participleeking
past tenseeked
past participleeked

phrasal verb

eke out

[transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyeke out
he/she/itekes out
present participleeking out
past tenseeked out
past participleeked out
to get just enough money or food to be able to continue to exist
eke out a living/an existence: The family barely manages to eke out a living from their small farm.
Synonyms and related words
  1. a.
    to make something such as money or food last as long as possible
    Their meagre supplies have to be eked out throughout the winter.

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

Mardi Gras

shrove tuesday

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog