To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other.
- To supplement with great effort. Used with out: eked out an income by working two jobs.
- To get with great effort or strain. Used with out: eke a bare existence from farming in an arid area.
- To make (a supply) last by practicing strict economy. Used with out.
- Archaic Also.