Associations to the word «Burke»


BURKE, verb. (UK) (slang) To murder in the same manner as Burke, to kill by suffocation
BURKE, verb. (UK) (slang) (historical) To murder for the same purpose as Burke, to kill in order to have a body to sell to anatomists, surgeons, etc.
BURKE, verb. (UK) (slang) To smother; to conceal, hush up, suppress.
BURKE, noun. (British) (slang) Variant spelling of berk.
BURKE, proper noun. A topographical surname​ for someone who lived in a fortified place.
BURKE, proper noun. Any of various places in the United States.

Dictionary definition

BURKE, noun. British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797).
BURKE, noun. United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903).
BURKE, verb. Murder without leaving a trace on the body.
BURKE, verb. Get rid of, silence, or suppress; "burke an issue".

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