MEANING: verb tr.: To earn a living, to supplement, or to make something last with great effort. (usually used in the phrase “to eke out”)
adverb: Also.

ETYMOLOGY: For verb: From Old English ecan (increase). Ultimately from the Indo-European root aug- (increase), which also gave us auction, author, auctorial, authorize, inaugurate, augment, august, auxiliary, nickname (“a nickname” is a splitting of the earlier “an ekename”, literally, an additional name), and wax (the verb). Earliest documented use: 888.
For adverb: From Old English éac. Earliest documented use: 700.

EKOE - a kind of tea without the usual diuretic effect (no P)

EPE - a male duelling sword

'EFE - what the Cockney called the Chief of Police of Mexico City