burke: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (bûrk), [key]
— burked, burk•ing.
  1. to murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.
  2. to suppress or get rid of by some indirect maneuver.


Pronunciation: (bûrk), [key]
— n.
  1. (Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke), 1886–1970, U.S. actress.
  2. 1729–97, Irish statesman, orator, and writer.
  3. born 1897, U.S. literary critic.
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