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tuck

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verb \ˈtək\

Simple Definition of tuck

  • : to push the end of (something, such as a piece of cloth or paper) into or behind something in order to hold it in place, make it look neat, etc.

  • : to put (something) in a particular place usually to hide it, hold it, or make it safe

  • : to eat with pleasure

Full Definition of tuck

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pull up into a foldb :  to make a tuck in

  3. 2 :  to put into a snug often concealing or isolating place <a cottage tucked away in the hill>

  4. 3a :  to push in the loose end of so as to hold tightly <tuck in your shirt>b :  to cover by tucking in bedclothes —usually used with in

  5. 4 :  eat —usually used with away or in <tucked away a big lunch>

  6. 5 :  to put into a tuck position

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to draw together into tucks or folds

  9. 2 :  to eat or drink heartily —usually used with into <tucked into their beer and pretzels>

  10. 3 :  to fit snugly

Examples of tuck

  1. She hadn't sealed the envelope, but had simply tucked in the flap.

  2. Instead of tying his shoes, he just tucked the laces inside.

  3. The sheets were tucked tightly under the mattress.

  4. A bag was tucked under her arm.

  5. She tucked her hair up under her hat.

  6. The dog tucked its tail between its legs and slinked away.

  7. The bird slept with its head tucked under its wing.



Origin of tuck

Middle English tuken to mistreat, finish (cloth) by stretching and beating, tuck, from Old English tūcian to mistreat; akin to Old High German zuhhen to jerk, Old English togian to pull — more at tow


First Known Use: 14th century


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tuck

noun

Definition of tuck

  1. 1 :  a fold stitched into cloth to shorten, decorate, or control fullness

  2. 2 :  the part of a vessel where the ends of the lower planks meet under the stern

  3. 3a :  an act or instance of tuckingb :  something tucked or to be tucked in

  4. 4a :  a body position (as in diving) in which the knees are bent, the thighs drawn tightly to the chest, and the hands clasped around the shinsb :  a skiing position in which the skier squats forward and holds the ski poles under the arms and parallel to the ground

  5. 5 :  a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part <a tummy tuck>



1532

First Known Use of tuck

1532


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tuck

noun

Definition of tuck

  1. :  a sound of or as if of a drumbeat



Origin of tuck

Middle English (Scots) tuicke beat, stroke


First Known Use: 15th century


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tuck

noun

Definition of tuck

archaic

  1. :  rapier



Origin of tuck

Middle French estoc, from Old French, sword point, from estochier to strike with the sword tip, thrust, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch stoken to thrust, poke — more at stoke


First Known Use: 1508


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tuck

noun

Definition of tuck

  1. :  vigor, energy <seemed to kind of take the tuck all out of me — Mark Twain>



Origin of tuck

probably from 2tuck


First Known Use: 1878



TUCK Defined for Kids

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tuck

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verb \ˈtək\

Definition of tuck

tuckedtuck·ing

  1. 1 :  to put or fit into a snug or safe place <“Maybe he has a knife tucked into his socks.” — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons>

  2. 2 :  to push in the edges of <Remember to tuck in your shirt.>

  3. 3 :  to pull up into or as if into a fold <She tucked her hair up to cook.>

  4. 4 :  to cover by pushing in the edges of bedclothes <Grandma tucked the children in for the night.>

  5. 5 :  to eat or drink with obvious pleasure

  6. 6 :  to make stitched folds in




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tuck

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noun

Definition of tuck

  1. :  a fold stitched into cloth usually to alter it




Medical Dictionary

tuck

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noun \ˈtək\

Medical Definition of tuck

  1. :  a cosmetic surgical operation for the removal of excess skin or fat from a body part—see tummy tuck





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