Use the word juke when you talk about a little roadside bar where you can dance to jukebox music or a live band. Another word for a juke is a “roadhouse.”

If you visit a rowdy rural bar with dancing and beer, you can call it a juke. Many country and blues bands got their start playing at jukes in the south, although some jukes offer jukeboxes as their only music. You can also call it a “juke joint.” The word juke comes from the Southern United States Creole known as Gullah — in which juke or joog means “wicked” or “disorderly.”

Definitions of juke
  1. noun

    a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox

    jook, jook house, jook joint, juke house, juke joint
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    a disreputable place of entertainment

  2. noun

    (football) a deceptive move made by a football player

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    any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)

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