buck up

verb
bucked up; bucking up; bucks up

Definition of buck up

intransitive verb

: to become encouraged : brace up

transitive verb

2 : to raise the morale of

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for buck up

Synonyms

Antonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of buck up in a Sentence

buck up, kids, it's not so bad as you're making it out to be a surprise presidential visit to buck up the troops
Recent Examples on the Web By Tuesday, some governments were already recasting their decisions as a step to buck up confidence in vaccinations — a regrouping, of sorts, of a troubled effort. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2021 Eventually, Amelia and Maggie buck up enough courage to step up and be strong for Meredith and her kids. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 The virus demanded the latter and Brown endeavored in her address to buck up Oregonians for the final stretch that is likely to last many more months. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 Jan. 2021 Ryan Berran passed this buck up at point-blank range during the Buckeye State bow season last year. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 1 Jan. 2021 The educators who make the decision to buck up, mask-up and show-up are going to make our lives recognizable again. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, 12 Aug. 2020 The best way to find out what happened to Uranus is to buck up and send a mission there. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2020 The Tigers bucked up, attacked Wade’s replacement and scored 14 points in the final three minutes of the first half. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 29 Dec. 2019 After bucking up his courage, Joe picked up Jim at his apartment, drove him to their father’s place in Fullerton and knocked on the door, which opened. Gregory Orfalea, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'buck up.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of buck up

1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for buck up

buck entry 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About buck up

Time Traveler for buck up

Time Traveler

The first known use of buck up was in 1844

See more words from the same year

Statistics for buck up

Cite this Entry

“Buck up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20up. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on buck up

Nglish: Translation of buck up for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!