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1buck

noun \ˈbək\
plural bucks

Definition of BUCK

1
or plural buck :  a male animal; especially :  a male deer or antelope
2
a :  a male human being :  man
b :  a dashing fellow :  dandy
3
or plural buck :  antelope
4
a :  buckskin; also :  an article (as a shoe) made of buckskin
b (1) :  dollar 3b
(2) :  a sum of money especially to be gained <make a quick buck>; also :  money —usually used in plural
5
[short for sawbuck sawhorse]
a :  a supporting rack or frame
b :  a short thick leather-covered block for gymnastic vaulting
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Origin of BUCK

Middle English, from Old English bucca stag, he-goat; akin to Old High German boc he-goat, Middle Irish bocc
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

2buck

verb

of a horse : to jump violently into the air with the back bent upward

: to oppose or resist (something or someone)

Full Definition of BUCK

transitive verb
1
a archaic :  1butt
b :  oppose, resist <bucking the system>
2
:  to throw (as a rider) by bucking
3
:  to charge into (as a headwind)
4
a :  to pass especially from one person to another
b :  to move or load (as heavy objects) especially with mechanical equipment
intransitive verb
1
of a horse or mule :  to spring into the air with the back arched
2
:  to charge against something
3
a :  to move or react jerkily
b :  to refuse assent :  balk
4
:  to strive for advancement sometimes without regard to ethical behavior <bucking for a promotion>
buck·er noun

Examples of BUCK

  1. <the car bucked and stalled>
  2. <bucked the trend to outdo everyone else and just wore the same clothes they had in previous years>

First Known Use of BUCK

1750

3buck

noun

Definition of BUCK

:  an act or instance of bucking

First Known Use of BUCK

circa 1877

4buck

noun

Definition of BUCK

1
:  an object formerly used in poker to mark the next player to deal; broadly :  a token used as a mark or reminder
2
:  responsibility —used especially in the phrases pass the buck and the buck stops here

Origin of BUCK

short for earlier buckhorn knife
First Known Use: 1865

5buck

adjective

Definition of BUCK

:  of the lowest grade within a military category <a buck private>

Origin of BUCK

probably from 1buck
First Known Use: 1918

6buck

adverb

Definition of BUCK

:  stark, completely <buck naked>

Origin of BUCK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1928

Buck

biographical name \ˈbək\

Definition of BUCK

Linda B. 1947– Am. biol.

Buck

biographical name

Definition of BUCK

Pearl 1892–1973 née Sy*den*strick*er \ˈsī-dən-ˌstri-kər\ Am. nov.
BUCK Defined for Kids

1buck

noun \ˈbək\

Definition of BUCK for Kids

1
:  the male of an animal (as a deer or rabbit) the female of which is called doe
2
:  dollar <The cost is ten bucks.>
3
:  1man 1, fellow

Word History of BUCK

The word buck in the sense dollar was originally short for buckskin, in other words, the skin of a male deer. In colonial America, especially in the southeastern colonies, American Indians hunted deer and prepared their hides to trade for European goods. Bucks, or buckskins, became a means of calculating the value of goods, and the word was transferred to the dollar when the deerskin trade came to an end.

2buck

verb
buckedbuck·ing

Definition of BUCK for Kids

1
:  to spring or jump upward with head down and back arched <The rider nearly fell when the horse suddenly bucked.>
2
:  to charge or push against <Our boat was bucking the waves.>
3
:  to go against :  oppose <We decided to buck the trend and wear ties.>
buck up
:  to become more confident
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