Deke is a modern English name. According to BehindtheName, it seems to have originated as a nickname for American pilot and astronaut Donald Kent Slayton and it could be used as a nickname for names with the initials D.K., or names with a similar sound such as Declan and Deacon. Of course, Deke could also be used as a given name on its own. In ice hockey, a deke is a technique, a feint used by the player with the puck to draw the opposing player out of position. The word is a contracted form of decoy, an English word used to refer to a person or an object or an event used as a distraction, to either hide something or to lure things into danger. The origin of the word comes from Dutch de kooi  meaning “the cage” originating from a PIE source.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



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