EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EKE
Faults of temper she may have had, and eke narrow prejudices on sundry points.
Then shall he not go without a ducking and eke a drubbing himself!
Can you, from the brief minutes I have left, Eke out my reparation?
How he contrived to eke out subsistence was difficult to conceive.
She had a small pension from the Government, and she worked at dressmaking to eke it out.
I had been desperately saving the ammunition, to eke out this hour of mine with her.
And eke cauellira Slender, go you all ouer the fields to Frogmore?
Thus were our days spent on the road, thus our evenings, and eke our nights.
I want all the glory and eke the gold if I find the hidden chests.
Plimsoll an' Eke Jordan, the sheriff, are like two peas in a pod.
c.1200, eken "to increase, lengthen," north England and E. Midlands variant of echen from Old English ecan, eacan, eacian "to increase," probably from eaca "an increase," from Proto-Germanic *aukan (cf. Old Norse auka, Old Frisian aka, Old High German ouhhon, Gothic aukan), from PIE *aug- "to increase" (see augment).
Now mainly in phrase to eke out (1590s). It means "to make something go further or last longer;" you can eke out your income by taking a second job, but you can't eke out your existence. Related: Eked; eking.