1. (UK Und.) a lookout.
|Art of Conny-Catching n.p.: duke He that standeth to watch In high lawe.|
2. a showy, ostentatious man.
|Dict. Canting Crew.|
|Recruiting Officer II iii: You are a justice of the peace, and you are a king, and I am a duke, and a rum duke, a’n’t I?|
|Polite Conversation 80: He’s a queer old Duke, by my conscience.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Duke, or rum duke, a queer unaccountable fellow.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 217: Here’s the giddy Dook. Golly, what a dewlap!‘The Flag of Their Country’ in|
|‘Mirandy’ [lyrics] The dark-town duke of Jacksonville was a Jackson nicknamed Sandy, / This dusky duke from Jacksonville had a gal they called Mirandy.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 17: duke a high class swell dressed international (usually) crook, who has entree and moves in high society.|
|Neon Wilderness (1986) 247: Sometimes a man looked like a regular duke and didn’t have a dime.|
|(con. 1937) Cell 2455 91: There were those who wanted his job, who wanted to make a reputation as tough guys, bad dukes.|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 301: Yo bes not be able to see this duke [...] Ef yo see em, then so ken a good.|