buck

noun (1)
\ˈbək \
plural bucks

Definition of buck 

(Entry 1 of 8)

1 or plural buck : a male animal especially : a male deer or antelope

2a : a male human being : man

b : a dashing fellow : dandy

3 or plural buck : antelope

4a : buckskin also : an article (such as a shoe) made of buckskin

b informal

(1) : dollar sense 3b I only had a buck in my pocket. Dinner cost twenty bucks.

(2) : a sum of money especially to be gained make a quick buck also : money usually used in plural making the big bucks

c U.S. slang used in place of "hundred" in combination with other numbers … as much at ease going 40 in First as it is doing a buck-twenty [=120 miles an hour] down the freeway …— Hot Rod

5 [ short for sawbuck sawhorse ]

a : a supporting rack or frame

b : a short thick leather-covered block for gymnastic vaulting

buck

verb
bucked; bucking; bucks

Definition of buck (Entry 2 of 8)

transitive verb

1a archaic : butt entry 1

b : oppose, resist bucking the system

2 : to throw or dislodge (a rider) by bucking

3 : to move or charge into bucking a headwind

4a : to pass especially from one person to another

b : to move or load (heavy or cumbersome 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

3a : 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

noun (2)

Definition of buck (Entry 3 of 8)

: an act or instance of bucking

buck

noun (3)

Definition of buck (Entry 4 of 8)

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

buck

adjective

Definition of buck (Entry 5 of 8)

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

buck

adverb

Definition of buck (Entry 6 of 8)

: stark, completely buck naked

Buck

biographical name (1)
\ˈbək \

Definition of Buck (Entry 7 of 8)

Linda B. 1947–     American biologist

Buck

biographical name (2)

Definition of Buck (Entry 8 of 8)

Pearl 1892–1973 née Sydenstricker \ˈsī-dᵊn-ˌstri-kər \ American novelist

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Other Words from buck

Verb

bucker noun

Examples of buck in a Sentence

Verb

the car bucked and stalled bucked the trend to outdo everyone else and just wore the same clothes they had in previous years

First Known Use of buck

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1877, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1918, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buck

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English bucca stag, he-goat; akin to Old High German boc he-goat, Middle Irish bocc

Noun (3)

short for earlier buckhorn knife

Adjective

probably from buck entry 1

Adverb

origin unknown

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More Definitions for buck

buck

verb

English Language Learners Definition of buck

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

: to oppose or resist (something or someone)

buck

noun
\ˈbək \

Kids Definition of buck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

buck

verb
bucked; bucking

Kids Definition of buck (Entry 2 of 2)

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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