Posted by ESC on October 19, 2003
In Reply to: Eek out a living posted by Lotg on October 19, 2003
: Don't know about the spelling. Clearly this suggests to struggle to earn a living, or barely earning a living. But why eek? (If that's how it's spelt)
: Where did this come from?
From Merriam-Webster online at http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary
Main Entry: 1 eke
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English Eac; akin to Old High German ouh also, Latin aut or, Greek au again
Date: before 12th century
Main Entry: eke out
Function: transitive verb
1 : to make up for the deficiencies of : SUPPLEMENT Eked out his income by getting a second job.
2 : to make (a supply) last by economy